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December
3

Toy Story: 9 Places to Shop for Kids of All Ages in Ohio

Toy Stores Around Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

There's nothing quite like seeing the joy in a child's eyes when they receive a Christmas gift they really love. When you choose to skip the big-box stores and support local instead, you'll help keep the shopkeeper's dreams alive as well. 

If you're ready to start your holiday shopping soon, you'll be glad to know that there are some great locally owned toy stores in Northeast OhioColumbus, and Cincinnati. Here's a look at some of our favorites.

Smartickles Toy Store

986 Medina Rd. Suite A, Medina, OH 44256

If you're looking for fun and educational holiday gifts, you'll definitely want to pay a visit to Smartickles Toy Store. This family-owned and operated business has been around since 1976. They carry all of the most popular developmental toy brands including LEGO, Colorforms, Melissa & Doug, and more.

Everything is priced very affordably and they carry a huge inventory of items. There are also lots of cool options for "big kids" too, so you may want to pay a visit even if you're not shopping for little ones.

PLAYmatters Toys

30789 Pinetree Rd., Pepper Pike, OH 44124

PLAYmatters Toys was voted Best Toy Store in the 2021 annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards — for good reason. This specialty shop sells premier-quality toys, dolls, games, and puzzles from some of the best toymakers around the world. 

Not only will you find some great gifts here, but they also offer free gift wrapping with a selection of fun papers, so you can present the special child in your life with a beautifully wrapped gift without any hassle. 

Do you want to make gift giving easy for family and friends? You can also go to PLAYmatters and create a wish list for your child. This takes the guesswork out of it and you won't have to worry about returning gifts that aren't quite right!

Your Toy Connection

238 W. Main St., Ravenna, OH 44266

At Your Toy Connection, you'll find a huge selection of both modern and vintage toys. They have everything from toys that were popular in the 1960s to current items. While the inventory changes regularly, you'll likely find lots of Transformers, Star Wars items, POP collectibles, and more.

You can count on Your Toy Connection to offer excellent prices and their friendly staff is always happy to help. Whether you're looking for a special collectible piece or you just want to look around and see what strikes your fancy, you'll love spending time here.   

Sir Troy's Toy Kingdom

1180 S. Main St., North Canton, OH 44720

Sir Troy's Toy Kingdom is known for carrying high-quality, imagination-powered toys for both kids and adults who are kids at heart. This is one of the best places to get your hands on hard-to-find LEGO sets as well as items like MEGA BLOKS, Masterpiece Puzzles, the full line of Breyer Horses, COBI Military Sets, and more. 

In addition to the North Canton store, you'll also find locations in Medina and Solon as well as a robust online store. This makes it easy to shop local for your holiday gifts no matter where you're located. 

Dreamland

1239 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240

Founded in 2011, Dreamland is one of the most popular toy stores in Columbus. They carry a large selection of toy brands like Disney, Ty, Melisssa & Doug, Mattel, Fisher-Price, and more. They also have a selection of Squishmallows and giant fidget pops. 

Need a deluxe scooter with LED wheels, a 3D Harry Potter puzzle, or a giant stuffed T-rex? You'll find all this and more at Dreamland! 

Big Fun Columbus

672 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

If you're looking for some fun stocking stuffers or vintage toys for a child who is into collecting, you'll want to check out Big Fun Columbus. They always have a super cool selection, and since they buy old toys all the time, you can find cool new stuff every time you visit. 

Coolest Toys on Earth

6840 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227

For rare and unique gifts for kids (and adults!), you can't go wrong with Coolest Toys on Earth. This shop almost feels more like a cool toy museum than a retail store. They carry a huge selection of rare and high-quality toys, outdoor games, puzzles, science items, building kits, toys for younger kids, and more. A gift from this store is guaranteed to be one that will get a ton of use. 

Flying Pig Toys

7723 Five Mile Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45230

Looking for a gift that will last a lifetime? Check out the high-quality wooden toys at Flying Pig Toys. They carry many unique brands and have a constantly evolving selection. In addition to toys, you'll also find a wide variety of stackers and tons of books ranging from educational to silly. They even have a selection of pop-up baby books. 

Flying Pig Toys offers a rewards program and the ability to make a wish list. This makes them a popular choice among parents in the Cincinnati area. 

House of Plastik

834 OH-125 #310, Cincinnati, OH 45245

If you have a kid (or big kid) in your life who is into vintage or collectible items, then you'll want to check out House of Plastik. They have a great selection of action figures, Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Wars items, and more. If you need some stocking stuffers, you can also get some great candy here. 

Since they buy used items, you can always find something new and exciting. And, if you need to clear out some space and make some cash, you might be able to sell a few old items before the holidays arrive. 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town! 

Where will you shop for fun items to spread Christmas cheer this year? 

December
1

All Aboard! 9 Christmas Train Rides and Displays Around Ohio

Holiday Train Rides and Displays - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Trains, both toy and real, conjure up pleasant memories of days gone by. Bring a welcome touch of nostalgia to this year's holidays with a visit to these Christmas train rides and displays around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

The Polar Express™ Train Ride

Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, 400 Center St., Dennison, OH 44621

You and your family have loved the book and the movie. Now experience the magic in real life on The Polar Express™ Train Ride at the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum. Storytellers are on board to read the book as elves lead everyone in games, songs, and other activities. Refreshments include beverages and cookies made by Mrs. Claus. The train makes a stop at the North Pole to pick up Santa, who will visit with the kids during the return trip. Trains run Friday through Sunday on the first two weekends in December. Visit the website for times. Tickets range from $45-$80. 

North Pole Adventure™

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, 7900 Old Rockside Rd., Independence, OH 44131

Take in the winter beauty of the Cuyahoga Valley on your own North Pole Adventure™. Everyone can enjoy cookies and cocoa as kids write letters to Santa and take part in singing and dancing with elves. When the train stops at the North Pole to hand-deliver the letters, there's a good chance that a special guest will come on board. The train leaves the station at 7:30 p.m. daily through December 19. Tickets are $45-$92.

Christmas at the Junction

EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, OH 45069

Remember the joy you felt watching your new model train circle the Christmas tree? Share that delight with your own kids at Christmas at the Junction. In addition to being the home of the world's largest indoor train display, EnterTRAINment Junction is a family fun center revolving around a railroad theme. Christmas at the Junction features a number of holiday train displays along with dazzling decorations, lively activities, and a visit with Santa. Festivities take place through January 2. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at noon. Admission is $15.95 per person when purchased in advance on the website.

Santa Train

Zanesville & Scenic Western Railroad, 5705 SR-204, Mt. Perry, OH 43760

During the holidays, the Mt. Perry Scenic Train transforms into the Santa Train. The 40-minute ride follows the historic Glass Rock Spur, named for the days when the line transported silica sand from Central Silica Company in nearby Glenford. Santa, assisted by the conductor, will be handing out gifts and treats along the way. The Santa Train departs each hour between 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the second and third weekends of December. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 3-13. Receive a discount with a donation of food or a new, unwrapped toy.

Puritas Nursery Holiday Trains

19201 Puritas Ave., Cleveland, OH 44135

For the 18th year, Puritas Nursery is treating the West Park community to their delightful holiday train display. Three separate train sets, each in a different size, are fascinating to watch for "kids" of all ages. As if that wasn't reason enough to visit Puritas Nursery, you can shop their great selection of mistletoe, wreaths, and holiday greenery, as well as a wide variety of gift items and stocking stuffers. View the trains during store hours, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends through December 31.

Santa Christmas Train 

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, 33 W. Canal St., Nelsonville, OH 45764

Over three decades, generations of families have made the Santa Christmas Train a part of their holiday tradition. Historic Hocking Valley makes a perfect seasonal backdrop for the two-hour trip to East Logan and back. Santa will be along for the ride to visit with each child and collect their wish lists. At the end of the journey, they will also receive a special candy cane treat. Trains run each weekend through December 19. Visit the website for departure times. Tickets are $21 for adults and $16 for ages 3-12. 

Youngstown Model Railroad Association Open House

751 N. Four Mile Run Rd., Austintown, OH 44515

Members of the Youngstown Model Railroad Association love to share their enthusiasm for their favorite hobby with others. One of their more popular activities is their holiday open house, which they have been conducting for more than 65 years. Held at the group's headquarters, the open house features one layout upstairs and another downstairs, with surrounding "towns" that include carnivals and other life-like details. Hours are noon - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the first two weekends of December. A $5 donation is requested from all visitors over the age of 11.

North Pole Express

Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 County Rd. 99, Findlay, OH 45840 

Real trains? Toy trains? No need to choose at North Pole Express. Quarter-scale trains are ready to take you through a glittering wonderland of trees and lights. Meanwhile, toy train displays await in the festively decorated museum and train barn. You never know when Santa and Mrs. Claus may pop in for a visit! Activities take place 5:30  - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5:30  - 8:30 p.m. Sunday through January 2. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under. 

Express Train

Crocker Park, 172 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake, OH 44145

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Are your little ones a bit young for an actual train ride? Crocker Park's Express Train provides a healthy dose of excitement for kids who might not be ready for a longer trip. The whole family will enjoy the sight of Crocker Park done up in all its holiday finery. Before or after, kids can visit with Santa and get their picture taken at Santa's Village. The Express Train runs daily through Christmas Eve. Visit the website for hours. Tickets are $4 per person. 

Get On the Right Track

In many parts of the world, trains are still a major form of transportation. What exotic location would you travel to by train?

November
24

Get a Jump on Christmas Shopping at These 8 Columbus Shops

Christmas Shopping - Columbus, OH - Cutler Real Estate

Is there a more rewarding feeling than giving a loved one just the right gift? Put smiles of delight on everyone's face when you do your holiday shopping at these wonderful shops around Columbus.

German Village

The Book Loft of German Village

631 S. Third St., Columbus, OH 43206

Whether you're shopping for a devoted bookworm or a budding reader, you'll find the perfect gift at The Book Loft of German Village. Located in a pre-Civil War building, The Book Loft boasts an incredible 32 rooms, covering an entire city block, filled with bargain-priced books. Give a gift of a Book Loft t-shirt that earns the wearer a 10 percent discount on purchases. Hours are 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

Helen Winnemore's

150 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

Helen Winnemore's is the place to find a gift for that person who has everything. There really was a Helen Winnemore, and the shop originated in her Grandview home. While the shop eventually ended up at the corner of Kossuth and Mohawk in German Village, siblings Julie and John Jenkins still follow Helen's mission of offering one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable and useable art. Shelves are filled with jewelry, glassware, textiles, woodwork, and body care products made by regional artisans. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Short North Arts District

Global Gifts

682 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Your gift benefits more than just the recipient when it's purchased at Global Gifts. The non-profit shop carries only fair-trade items made by disadvantaged artisans and farmer from more than 40 different countries. Pick up some chili picante plantain chips for your favorite foodie, or a woven sari cotton laundry basket from Bangladesh for that friend who just moved into a new home. Can't decide? Give a monthly subscription for coffee, jewelry, socks, food, candles, or books. Global Gifts is open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

Happy Go Lucky

787 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Happy Go Lucky is actually two stores in one. "Home" is a lifestyle shop with a full selection of furniture, wall art, rugs, and other home decor items. "Her" is a women's apparel boutique specializing in stylish dresses, pants and tops, outerwear, and loungewear that you'll want to have in your wardrobe forever. Follow them on Instagram for information on the latest arrivals, sales, and events. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Grandview

Glenn Avenue Soap Company

1166 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Everyone needs a little more pampering in their life. Treat friends and family to some luxury with a gift from Glenn Avenue Soap Company. In 2009, Dr. Sandra Metzler, frustrated with the lack of natural products in the marketplace, used her biomedical engineering background to make soap in her kitchen. Four years later, she and her partner Phil began selling their high-quality products out of their home and eventually from their 4,200-square-foot storefront. Their soaps, lotions, essential oils, lip balms, and other skincare products are so amazing that you'll end up "gifting" yourself with some. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday.

Vernacular

1392 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

While it's located in the heart of the Midwest, Vernacular has been described as "East Coast classic with a West Coast vibe." Husband-and-wife owners Kris and Chelsea carefully curate their womenswear and lifestyle store to offer on-trend merchandise at affordable price points. With their belief that where you shop matters, Kris and Chelsea source from brands that are eco-conscious, ethically sourced, organic, women- and minority-owned, and handmade in the USA. Each year, they donate a portion of their proceeds to local causes and educational outlets. Vernacular is open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 5 Sunday. They also have locations in German Village and Worthington.

Clintonville/Worthington

Sugarbush Gourmet Gift Baskets

7227 N. High St. #100, Worthington, OH 43085

Spread cheer from the Buckeye State to family and friends across the country. Since 1981, Sugarbush Gourmet Gift Baskets has been creating and shipping spectacular gift baskets full of fresh fruit, chocolates, wines, cheeses, nuts, and other gourmet specialty foods. Choose from dozens of themed baskets or build your own custom assortment. Bestsellers include the Buckeye Bucket, loaded with cheeses, crackers, nuts, and candies that any OSU fan will love. Hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - noon Saturday.

The Electric Sheep

752 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

The Electric Sheep may sound like a place to buy farm equipment, but the quirky name belongs to one of the more original gift shops you'll ever find. This family-owned business is a workspace where artisans create all the products by hand. Have an idea for a special personalized gift? The crafters will work with you to bring your concept to life. If you want to learn to make your own individual gifts, sign up for one of their workshops on crafts from painting and laser engraving to assembling a charcuterie board. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

What's the number one thing you're hoping Santa brings you from one of the shops around Columbus?

November
19

These 9 Ohio Events Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit

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Can you believe that the holiday season is already around the corner? Now is the perfect time to start planning for some holiday family fun, and there are plenty of great events all around Ohio to help every member of the family get in the holiday spirit. Catch a fantastic holiday concert in Northeast Ohio, shop for unique, handcrafted gifts in Columbus, or learn to create your own Christmas ornaments in Cincinnati. You'll find all that and more in our list of 9 Ohio events that will get you in the holiday spirit.

Lightwire: A Very Electric Christmas

182 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308

Searching for a holiday performance that both kids and adults will love? A Very Electric Christmas from Lightwire Theater is one of the most unique holiday performances that you'll find anywhere, and this year's show takes place on December 19. The story of A Very Electric Christmas follows a bird named Max, who stops at the North Pole with his family and winds up on a grand holiday adventure. After the show, VIP ticket holders can even meet the cast, ask questions, and learn more about how they create their spectacularly distinctive performances.

Cleveland Orchestra Holiday Concerts

11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106

The Cleveland Orchestra is renowned for its enchanting holiday performances, and the Holiday Concerts series is sure to be a hit this year. The series is set for December 9 through 19 this year, with one performance each Thursday and Friday, followed by two performances on Saturday and Sunday. Performances take place at the gorgeous Severance Hall performance venue, with conductor Brett Mitchell leading the orchestra as they play all of your holiday favorites. Reserve your tickets online to ensure that you get a seat at one of Cleveland's most popular holiday shows.

Frosty Frolic 5k

1615 Stadium Park Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44718

Whether you're looking for a great workout before you enjoy your holiday meals or you simply want to support a good cause while seeing the sights, the Frosty Frolic 5k on December 11 offers something for everyone. The course for the 5k will take you through the scenic Stadium Park Holiday Light Display, and you can enjoy some special holiday treats when you cross the finish line. There will also be appearances from Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Frosty, so this is a fun event for the whole family.

Columbus Winterfair

717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Shop for the perfect handcrafted gifts or find one-of-a-kind items to decorate your home at the Columbus Winterfair, which takes place from December 3 through 5 at the Ohio Expo Center. The event brings together artists and artisans from across Ohio who have been working all year to create unique crafts for the holidays. It's a great place to find items for the people on your list who are hard to shop for, and there will also be crafting demonstrations so that you can get tips from the experts on how to create your own holiday crafts.

The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre

39 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215

From December 10 to 26, the BalletMet performance group will be putting on the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, at the beautiful Ohio Theatre. Backed by orchestral performances of Tchaikovsky's classic score, the dancers of BalletMet bring the story of The Nutcracker to life on stage. Stop by for a matinee performance on the weekend, or enjoy an evening show any night of the week throughout the show's run this year.

A Magical Cirque Christmas

34 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Looking for a fresh, new spin on the classic holiday performance and something that will appeal to family members of all ages? A Magical Cirque Christmas is just the thing, and this year's show will be taking place on December 11 at the Palace Theatre. The show combines breathtaking acrobatics from Cirque performers with all of your favorite holiday music under the direction of Magical Hostess Lucy Darling. It's a live holiday performance unlike any other, and you can only find it in Columbus.

Holiday Pops

1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Holiday Pops at the Cincinnati Music Hall is one of the city's longest-running and most popular holiday performances, so this is one show that you won't want to miss. This year's performances will take place across two weekends, December 3–5 and 10–12. Performances are led by conductor John Morris Russell, with a talented cast of vocalists, musicians, and dancers. Hear some of your favorite classic holiday tunes, with both traditional and contemporary songs that your family is sure to love.

Glass Holiday Ornaments Workshop

4426 Brazee St., Cincinnati, OH 45209

Create memories that will last a lifetime as you make your own unique glass Christmas ornament at Brazee Studios in Cincinnati on December 11. During this workshop, you will learn how to create a layered glass ornament with expert instruction and all of the supplies that you'll need provided by the studio. The workshop is hosted by the Taft Museum of Art and is open to everyone age 15+ with special discounts available for museum members.

Anderson Township Tree Lighting Ceremony

7578 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45255

Get ready for a day filled with family fun at the Anderson Township Tree Lighting Ceremony, which takes place on December 4 at Anderson Towne Center. The fun starts in the afternoon with free holiday-themed food and drink, followed by a visit from Santa. There will also be some great live performances, with your favorite holiday music ringing out through the air. Top it all off with the tree lighting ceremony, when the beautifully decorated Christmas tree is lit up for the first time. After the ceremony, enjoy some special deals and events from businesses at Anderson Towne Center.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

How will you celebrate the season in Ohio this year?

November
10

Order Thanksgiving Pies From These 8 Places in Northeast Ohio

Order Thanksgiving Pies - Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Thanksgiving dinner doesn't feel complete without several pies, but making them yourself can be time-consuming as well as difficult. Why not leave the task up to the experts and order pies in various flavors that will impress your holiday guests?

Start planning your menu now and check out these great places to order Thanksgiving pies from in Northeast Ohio.

Norcia Bakery

624 Belden Ave NE, Canton, OH 44704

Norcia Bakery has a long history of success and was founded in 1918 by the Norcia family, who immigrated from Italy. The bakery offers fresh-baked bread and pastries, including a variety of pies at affordable prices, so it's a great place to order several different flavors to end your Thanksgiving dinner on a sweet note. While you're there, pick up some of the bread, an authentic Italian split-top loaf made using the original bread recipe that John Norcia brought from Italy.

Rood Food + Pie

17001 Madison Ave. Lakewood, OH 44107

If you've had a slice of pie with your meal at Rood Food + Pie or have visited the restaurant's pie bar, you'll want to make one of their unique creations part of your holiday menu. For a more sophisticated take on the classic banana cream pie, try their version that's made with bananas in spiked vanilla pudding with brandy-soaked vanilla wafers and topped with fresh whipped cream and a brandy caramel drizzle. Or impress your guests with the Amaretto Custard, which in addition to its rich custard, has a vanilla almond butter crust, whipped cream, toasted almonds, and smoked sea salt.

Tiffany's Bakery

620 Ridgewood Crossing Dr., Akron, OH 44333

Serving up pies, cakes, and pastries like cannoli and doughnuts for over 40 years, Tiffany's Bakery will have you drooling over their large menu of tasty sweets. Pie choices include traditional favorites like apple and cherry as well as cream pies. The shop takes pride in making sure pies look as good as they taste, and it's received several local Best Bakery honors as proof of its success.

The Sweet Fix Bakery

2307 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

This cozy Cleveland Heights bakery got its start as Craig's Divine Desserts, a licensed, home-based bakery that was successful enough to expand. All of its baked goods are prepared on-site, including cakes, cookies, and pies by the slice or whole pies. Order a traditional favorite like a sweet potato or key lime pie, and add in pineapple supreme and decadent Oreo pies.

Gray House Pies

26075 Detroit Rd., Westlake, OH 44145

You're sure to find lots to order at Gray House Pies, which serves a large variety of pies including, fruit, cream, specialty, and savory pies. All are homemade, including the butter crusts, and when milk and eggs are used, they're organic and free-range, respectively. You won't find any fillers, preservatives, or canned fruit used, either. Try a Four Berry Buzzed Friends pie made with four types of berries as well as brandy and honey, a pumpkin pecan crumble pie, or a crapple (cranberry/apple). Or, if you'd prefer a savory pie to serve alongside your turkey, order a mac n cheese (plain or with bacon) or loaded potato, each made with a flaky pastry crust.

Bakers Square Restaurant & Pies

7011 W. 130th St., Parma Heights, OH 44130 

Many people like to enjoy a meal at Bakers Square Restaurant & Pies, and the highlight is often a slice of pie for dessert. Many of the restaurant's pies have won multiple awards, so they've proven to be deliciously popular. You can order whole pies to take home for Thanksgiving, including the triple berry, which is bursting with the fruity flavor of raspberries, blueberries, and boysenberries. You'll also find favorites like pecan, cherry, and apple (which also comes in a reduced sugar option) on the menu, as well as the most popular option — a French silk pie with smooth chocolate silk covered with real whipped cream and milk chocolate curls inside the pastry crust.

Nancy's Main Street Diner

426 Main St., Grafton, OH 44044

Nancy's Main Street Diner has become well known locally for its cakes and pies, most of which can be made in sugar-free varieties and full-sugar versions. The diner serves cream, fruit, and Dutch fruit pies, including raspberry and coconut cream options. For full-on, belt-loosening decadence, go for the Elvis Pie, which has a peanut butter crumble crust and layers of fresh banana slices, peanut buttercream, banana cream, homemade peanut butter sauce, whipped cream, and vanilla wafers.

The West Side Bakery

2303 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44313  

The West Side Bakery has garnered a loyal following since its opening in 1995. It's been honored for 13 years by Akron Life Magazine as the Best Local Bakery and also earned the award for Akron's Best Bakery from the readers of the Akron Beacon Journal. Choose from pies like pecan and pumpkin, as well as bumbleberry, buckeye, hot fudge, peach raspberry, and more. They look just as good as they taste, so they'll make a beautiful addition to your Thanksgiving table.

Autumn Skies and Delicious Pies

What's your favorite type of pie to find on the Thanksgiving table?

December
2

8 Places for Christmas Shopping in Augusta, KY

Christmas Shopping - Augusta, KY - Cutler Real Estate

Whether you're the proverbial city mouse or country mouse, life in Cincinnati offers the best of both worlds. Cincinnati itself has the expansive shopping, entertainment, and cultural options of a sophisticated urban setting, but it's just minutes away from the charm, comfort, and laid-back pace of small towns.

With the holidays approaching, why not take a break from the big-city hustle and bustle? Spend a fun yet relaxing day supporting small businesses with a holiday shopping trip to nearby Augusta, KY.

Augusta Ferry

Boude's Landing, OH 

When your day begins on a river ferry, you know it's bound to be special. Seven days a week, the Jenny Ann transports passengers and vehicles from Boude's Landing to Augusta and back. Pedestrians travel for free, while the one-way fee for vehicles is only $5. Ferry service runs 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., with the last outbound Augusta ferry departing at 7:45 p.m. Call the Transportation Authority at 606.756.3291 to confirm sailing times. 

Glitter Me Pink Boutique

314 Main St., Augusta, KY 41002

Yes, Glitter Me Pink is committed to the popular color mentioned in the name. But you'll find contemporary clothing in a wide range of styles and colors in this delightful boutique located in the owner's actual home. Sign up for the VIP club to receive advance notice of sales, special events, and other exciting news. Large, colorful photos make it easy to shop the online store for shipping directly to your home or your recipient's.

Augusta General Store

109 Main St., Augusta, KY 41002

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Classic Americana is alive and well at the Augusta General Store. This quaint shop is a throwback to the classic country stores filled with antiques, furniture, and home decor accessories. Candles, picture frames, wall hangings, and other giftables have a rustic look that would have a welcome place in nearly any home. Don't leave without picking up one of the iconic homemade pies from the on-site restaurants. The Augusta General Store is open 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Nina's Shop

208 Main St., Augusta, KY 41002

What's in a name? At Nina's Shop, it refers to the store's owner, who also happens to be the mother of George Clooney, award-winning actor and Augusta's favorite son. It's easy to spend hours browsing the celebrity memorabilia, unique collectibles, and jewelry handmade by Nina herself. Be sure to commemorate your visit by having a picture taken alongside Nina. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Amy's Blue Daisy

129 Main St., Augusta, KY 41002

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During the sometimes dreary end-of-year days, flowers and plants provide an instant ray of sunshine. The floral designers at Amy's Blue Daisy will transform your wishes into spectacular arrangements for anyone on your list, including yourself. If you want a feast for the stomach instead of the eyes, Amy's features gift baskets filled with gourmet fruit or junk food to cover both ends of the spectrum. Supplement a bouquet or basket with candles, balloons, stuffed animals or one of the many available gift items. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 9:30 a.m. - noon Wednesday and Saturday. Shop their convenient website 24/7 for local and worldwide shipping.

Bradford's Home Mart

403 Heather Renee French Blvd, Augusta, KY 41002

You'll find a little bit of everything in this hardware store that's so much more, including work clothing and apparel, handtools, and electronics. The store also carries a large selection of cookware, small kitchen appliances, and bakeware for the amateur chef or baker on your list. Make a mental note that Bradford's also sells furniture, both indoors and out, as well as appliances if you have a need for your home in the future. Bradford's is currently open Monday - Saturday 8 .m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday noon - 4 p.m.

Augusta Pub

120 Main St., Augusta, KY 41002

Power shopping requires sustenance. Take a midday break to refuel at the Augusta Pub, where you can enjoy comfort food favorites such as chicken wings, fish and chips, and Philly cheesesteak. The family-friendly pub also has a kids' menu with free refills on non-alcoholic drinks. Relax in comfort on the heated patio, or choose curbside carryout. Cross off another name on your holiday list when you purchase a gift card. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, and noon - 9 p.m. Saturday.

Small Town Gift Shop

321 W. Riverside Dr., Augusta, KY 41002

When choosing a name, the owners of Small Town Gift Shop decided to pass on cutesy puns and just go with truth in advertising. The shop features one-of-a-kind craft items that make great gifts for all ages. Craft supplies are available so you can express your own creativity. Stop in the year-round Christmas room for some new decorations to add to your collection of favorites. Hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

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November
4

Get a Jump on Holiday Shopping at These 8 Columbus Specialty Shops

Christmas Shopping in Columbus - Cutler Real Estate

As the calendar winds down on this unprecedented year, the holiday season is more welcome and reassuring than ever. When it comes to gift-giving, is your motto "Shop 'til you drop," or do you like to get in and out as soon as possible? Whatever your shopping style, have fun getting a head start at these exciting specialty shops around Columbus

On Paper

737 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

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In this digital era, actual writing has become essentially obsolete. Why not start a trend back to a more personal form of communication with gifts from On Paper? The assortment of elegant stationery and greeting cards will brighten the day of both sender and receiver. Supplement your gift with accessories such as pens and pencils, embosser, and stamps. Get ready for 2021 with a calendar, planner, or journal for yourself or a loved one. On Paper also carries a selection of candles, bath and body products, and other items perfect for a day of self-care. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

The Morgan House

5300 Glick Rd., Dublin, OH 43017

Once you visit the Morgan House, you'll be so enchanted that you may never want to leave.  Anchored by a reassembled historic log cabin named after John Hunt Morgan, a famed Civil War veteran, the Morgan House is as much a tourist attraction as a gift shop. The five-acre space is the site of an 18,000-square-foot mini-mall that includes departments for furniture and home decor, gourmet foods, clothing and accessories, and specialty gifts. With a full-service on-site restaurant serving lunch, you don't even have to leave the grounds. Shops are open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday, while the restaurant is open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 3 p.m. Sunday.

Bliss Life + Style

The Shoppes at River Ridge, 4345 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Dublin, OH 43017

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Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for your BFF? Bliss Life + Style offers a carefully curated variety of home accessories, jewelry, and gifts from local and global artisans. Finding it hard to decide? Opt for one of Bliss Life + Style's signature gift boxes, which come in whimsical themes such as Drinks Are On Us, Foodie Favorites, and Wanderlust. Tell the staff a bit about who the gift is for, and they'll curate a custom box, or you can create your own. Free delivery is available within a 10-mile radius of the shop, or ship anywhere in the greater Columbus area for just a $10 fee. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Helen Winnemore's

150 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

In 1938, Helen Winnemore's began life as the Afternoon Shop in its namesake owner's home. Thirteen years later, Helen moved the business to a storefront on Broad Street, then to its current location in 1966. Today, siblings John and Julie Jenkins carry on Helen's legacy, featuring items of usable and wearable art.  The handmade jewelry, textiles, pottery, glass, and metal works are gifts your loved ones will cherish for years to come. As Helen herself once said, "No shop is worth anything unless it is a gracious place." Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday by appointment only. Visit the website to schedule a time for up to four guests. 

The Book Loft

631 S. Third St., Columbus, OH 43206

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Everyone has at least one bookworm on their list, many of whom still prefer the feel of a hard-bound volume in their hands to the electronic text of an e-reader. The Book Loft, located in vibrant German Village, houses an incredible 32 rooms in its pre-Civil War building. Fortunately, store maps and friendly, knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you navigate the different areas. Start a child on the road to a lifelong love of reading with a title or two from one of the country's largest selection of children's books. On your way out, grab a pick-me-up cup of joe to go at Staul's Coffee Roasters next door. The Book Loft is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Flower Child

233 E. Fifth Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Everything old is new again, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Flower Child. This wonderfully funky shop is like a time tunnel back to the mid-20th century. You'll have as much fun browsing the Gucci and Halston fashions, vintage jewelry, and kitschy home accessories as your friend or family member will have receiving these unique items. The spacious store includes full-size displays of retro living rooms and kitchens that are sure to inspire some creative ideas. You might end up with a few pieces for your own home from their collection of vintage holiday ornaments and decorations. Flower Child is open noon - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Red Stable

223 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

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The Red Stable has a history as colorful as its eye-catching exterior. Built in 1872, the building has served as a horse livery, wagon repair shop, ice storage facility, and auto garage over the years. In the late 1950s, when a group formed to save the German Village neighborhood from demolition, local artist Phil Keintz transformed the Red Stable into a custom art studio and gift shop featuring the works of his fellow artists. Phil's tradition continues today, as more than 100 local artists showcase their work inside the historic building. The Red Stable is open noon - 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 6 p.m. Friday, noon - 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Ohio Art Market

30 N. State St., Westerville, OH 43081

Do you enjoy visiting summer art fairs, with the thrill of finding incredible items you wouldn't see anywhere else? Ohio Art Market provides that opportunity year-round. Talented artists from Westerville and all around the state display their works in fine art, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and a variety of media. Since everything is original, each visit to Ohio Art Market provides a different experience. Share your state pride with a gift that literally and figuratively says, "Ohio." Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Gifts That Keep on Giving

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October
31

12 Cleveland Area Restaurants Open On Thanksgiving This Year

Thanksgiving Day is nearly here, bringing with it the opportunity to gather with friends and family and indulge in some hearty American classics. This day typically requires a full day (or more) of preparation from the host, and hours of cleanup after the fun is over.

There isn't just one way to celebrate Thanksgiving, so this year, maybe it's time to explore the city and try something new! While cooking your own meal is certainly fun, there is also a number of high-end local restaurants offering up Turkey Day feasts of their own!

We gathered up some of our favorite Thanksgiving Day deals in Cleveland to make your job even easier—all you have to do is make a reservation.

 

100th Bomb Group

20920 Brookpark Road, Cleveland

This unique dining destination is located right across from the runways of the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Watch planes take off and fly in as you dig into your Thanksgiving feast! This year, enjoy their famous Thanksgiving buffet from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for $58.95 per person ($27.95 for children 5-12). You can make a reservation by visiting their OpenTable page.

 

1833 Restaurant

1613, 10 East College Street, Oberlin

1833 Restaurant inside the Hotel at Oberlin in Tappan Square serves soul-warming food year-round, which makes it the perfect destination for your Thanksgiving feast. The restaurant will serve a traditional Thanksgiving buffet on the big day, featuring a butter and sage roasted turkey; a brown sugar glazed Virginia ham; whipped potatoes; green bean casserole; and plenty of sweet, festive treats! Reservations are required, so call (440) 775-7001 to reserve your spot.

 

Adega

2017 East 9th Street, Cleveland

 
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Housed within Cleveland's prestigious Metropolitan Hotel, Adega serves fresh, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine that is delicious all year long. While they won't be serving their usual menu on Thanksgiving Day, be sure to expect equally delicious dishes like a honey smoked turkey, sweet potato fettuccine and pumpkin creme brulee! Visit OpenTable to make your reservation.

 

The Cabin of Willowick

28810 Lake Shore Boulevard, Willowick

At the Cabin of Willowick, diners come hungry and leave happy. The menu features fresh sushi, incredible steaks and fresh sandwiches alongside hand-crafted cocktails and a world-class wine list. Diners can expect the same excellent quality at their annual Thanksgiving Day dinner! Expect succulent turkey and a wide assortment of delicious trimmings! Reservations are required.

 

Carrie Ceninos

8922 Ridge Road, North Royalton

Carrie Ceninos, a family-owned event venue and restaurant, is known for its mouthwatering Italian cuisine. The restaurant hosts an annual Thanksgiving dinner and buffet—and this year is expected to be the best yet! Indulge in all of your holiday favorites for just $29.50 ($15.50 for children 8-12 and $12.50 for children 4-7). Click here for more information.

 

Horizons Restaurant at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake

4888 North Broadway, Geneva

Cleveland Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

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Nestled in Ohio's wine country, The Lodge at Geneva On The Lake is a gorgeous place to escape to this holiday season. This Thanksgiving, you can enjoy their Thanksgiving Day Buffet, which is stuffed with traditional holiday favorites and tasty new dishes that the whole family will love. While the lodge is about a 45-50 minute drive from Cleveland proper, we promise the stunning scenery and delicious food will be entirely worth it. Call (440) 415-1546 to reserve your seats today!

 

Pickwick & Frolic

2035 East 4th Street, Cleveland

For just $39.95 a person ($14.95 for kids ages 4-12), you and the family can sit down to a spectacular feast at Pickwick & Frolic. Buffet offerings will include freshly carved turkey and glazed ham, mashed potatoes, candied yams, a chocolate fountain, and all of your favorite seasonal items.

 

Pier W

12700 Lake Avenue, Lakewood 

The sweeping views, modern setting, elegant natural finishes and live piano make Pier W a spectacular place to celebrate Thanksgiving! Dinner at Pier W is always amazing—and their Thanksgiving offerings will be no exception. The selection will be fresh and delicious, and you can eat your fill of trimmings while marveling at the breathtaking view of Cleveland and Lake Erie. Call (216) 228-2250 for more information on their holiday menu and to reserve your seat!

 

Rider's Inn

792 Mentor Avenue, Painesville

The cozy yet elegant atmosphere at Rider's Inn draws you in from the beginning. Cozy up at a table on Thanksgiving Day and enjoy a traditional turkey dinner along with ham and a non-traditional menu. Call (440) 354-8200 to make your reservation—and think about spending the weekend there while you're at it!

 

Southside

2207 West 11th Street, Cleveland

Nestled in Tremont, Southside is famous for their spacious patio and incredible brunch (we even featured them in our article on the best brunch spots in Cleveland!) so it's no surprise that they also have a great Thanksgiving menu! This year, they're planning on serving their late-night menu from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., featuring special holiday dishes. Click here to make a reservation.

 

Urban Farmer

1325 East 6th Street, Cleveland

 
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While Urban Farmer isn't technically "open" on Thanksgiving, they're still on a mission to make putting a Thanksgiving dinner on your table as easy as pie! That's why they're offering a curbside Thanksgiving meal pick-up on the big day. All you have to do is place your order before November 21st at 6:00 p.m. and you'll be treated to a fresh, roasted turkey, smashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing and pumpkin pie—which will be hand-delivered to your car on Thanksgiving Day. Have a vegetarian in your life? Don't worry, they'll also have a roasted vegetable wellington available. Visit their Eventbrite page to reserve your meal before they're gone!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Did we miss your favorite spot to celebrate Turkey Day in Cleveland? Let us know in the comments!

June
13

13 Don't-Miss Fourth of July Events in Cincinnati This Year

It's almost time to celebrate America's birthday! Our community takes this holiday very seriously, hosting multiple fireworks shows and tons of fun, family-friendly events leading up to the big day. In fact, in 2018, Wallethub named Cincinnati as one of the best places in the country to celebrate the Fourth of July! We rounded up some of our favorite happenings in the area this year to help you plan your week. Attend a fireworks show, spend a day at the local amusement park with the family, or indulge at a food truck festival — there are so many ways to celebrate!

Firecracker Festival

Where: Symmes Township Park When: June 28-29, 3-10 p.m. Firecracker Festival Cincinnati, OH This Independence Day festival will end with a bang! Before enjoying the fantastic fireworks display at sunset, enjoy live music, food and vendor booths, family-friendly activities and more. Also, make sure to stop by their second annual car show and food truck rally!

Hyde Park Blast 2019

Where: Hyde Park Square When: June 29, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. The Hyde Park Blast will include a 4-mile run through Hyde Park, bike races, kid races, chariot races and more — all followed by a magnificent block party on the square! This year, they'll be mixing up the afternoon festivities, introducing their first-ever Beer, Wine and Food Festival. So mark your calendar and get ready to taste more than 60 varieties of beer and wine!

Northside Fourth of July Parade & Carnival

Where: Hoffner Park When: July 3-4, Wednesday at 3 p.m. & Thursday at 10 a.m. Fourth of July in Columbus The Northside Fourth of July Parade & Carnival is one of the biggest, best and most festive parties in the city all year! The parade has been held since 1854 and is a tradition beloved by locals. The Rock 'n' Roll Carnival was added as an extension of the celebration in the early '80s, and features live music, local beer and food vendors, family-friendly activities, and so much more. Bust out your red, white and blue costumes and come out to celebrate America!

New Richmond Freedom Fest

Where: New Richmond When: July 3-4, Wednesday at 5 p.m. & Thursday at 12 p.m. The New Richmond Freedom Fest is the perfect way to start your Independence Day celebration. This two-day event will feature several attractions, including a car show, a DJ with live music, live bands, rides, food, drinks and local vendors. Plus, stick around until the evening on July 4th for one of the most spectacular fireworks displays around!

Larosa's Balloon Glow 20th Anniversary

Where: Coney Island When: July 3, 6 p.m. Larosa's Balloon Glow 20th Anniversary

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There is no better place to be on Independence Day than Coney Island! Bring the whole family to enjoy the day at Sunlite Pool, listen to live music, participate in family-friendly activities, and give your adrenaline a boost on the theme park rides. When the sun sets, the sky will be illuminated by a spectacular hot air balloon and fireworks show.

Red, White & Kaboom

Where: Harbin Park, Village Green Park, Fairfield Aquatic Center & Marsh Lake When: July 3, 8 p.m. Get ready for a breathtaking fireworks display from Rozzi's Famous Fireworks at the end of a fun-filled day in Fairfield! Head to one of the four official viewing locations — Harbin Park, Village Green Park, Fairfield Aquatic Center and Marsh Lake — and enjoy special events all day! From live music, entertainment, food and games, this special event has it all.

54th Annual Independence Day Fireworks

Where: Ault Park Pavillion When: July 4, 11 a.m. Come out and enjoy a full day of family fun at Ault Park's annual festival! The day is filled with all-American concessions, live music, a children's parade and more — and it all concludes with a fireworks show after the sun goes down.

Montgomery Independence Day Festival

Where: Downtown Montgomery When: July 4, 11 a.m. This local favorite festival kicks off on Independence Day with a patriotic parade in Downtown Montgomery, full of creative floats and excited marchers. Then, head to Montgomery Park for a family-friendly festival featuring live music, summer foods, drinks, carnival games, pony rides and fireworks!

4th of July Celebration

Where: Stricker's Grove When: July 4, 3 p.m. 4th of July Celebration Stricker's Grove Stricker's Grove is a family-owned amusement park in Ross, Ohio. While it is usually closed to the public and used for private functions most of the year, their annual 4th of July Celebration is open to anyone and everyone! Enjoy their rides, food and games with your friends and family before capping off the day with a fireworks show.

Red, White & Blue Ash

Where: Summit Park When: July 4, 4 p.m. Natalie Brady Music, the Nite Owls and Kansas will perform at this grand Independence Day celebration! Dance along to your favorite hits, enjoy food and drinks from local vendors, and marvel at the biggest fireworks display in the tri-state area.

The CSO Presents: Red, White & Boom

Where: Riverbend Music Center When: July 4, 8 p.m. Celebrate America's birthday with great music, dazzling fireworks and picturesque views of the river as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Patriotic Pops concert. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn during the show and stay after the last note to see the fireworks!

Fireworks at Kings Island

Where: Kings Island When: July 4, Sunset After a long, thrilling day at the Kings Island amusement park, you'll be able to kick back and enjoy a dazzling display of fireworks over the roller coasters. The park will be open until midnight, giving guests the chance to stretch the day even longer. Military members receive free admission on July 1-4.

Light Up Liberty 2019

Where: 6101 Princeton Glendale Road, Hamilton When: July 7, 6 p.m. Light Up Liberty 2019 Hamilton

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Light Up Liberty is a 4th of July, alcohol-free, community celebration that offers plenty of fun for the whole family. Every year, upwards of 18,000 people attend this special event to experience live music and great food all from members of the community. Don't miss the Family Fun Zone, where you can ride carnival rides and play games, and the spectacular fireworks presentation at the end of the evening!  

Happy Independence Day!

How will you be celebrating America? Let us know in the comments!
December
11

Everything You Need to Know About Cleveland's Famous "A Christmas Story" House

"Fragile… Must be Italian." "Naddafinga." "You'll shoot your eye out!" Since its release in 1983, "A Christmas Story" has been a seasonal classic. It just wouldn't be Christmas without watching Ralphie Parker sulk in his bubblegum pink bunny pajamas and wish desperately for a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. While "A Christmas Story" is a movie that is close to pretty much every American's heart, for Clevelanders — it's so much more. The famous home where the Parker's story takes place is located just outside of downtown Cleveland in the Tremont neighborhood. A Christmas Story House has become a Cleveland landmark and is now open to the public year-round as a museum.

The History Behind the "A Christmas Story" House

A Christmas Story House Cleveland

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While a lot of "A Christmas Story" was shot in Toronto, Canada, the exterior shots of the Parker residence were of a modest 19th-century Victorian home in Cleveland. The creators of the movie scoured Cleveland neighborhoods to find the perfect place that would resemble story creator Jean Shepard's childhood home. They finally found it at 3159 West 11th Street. Bob Clark, director of the film, ultimately chose this specific home because it gave off a classic-American feel while also having features that they were looking for such as steel mills in the backyard, a wrap around porch and an empty lot next door — perfect for the crew to set up camp. In December of 2004, Brian Jones, a San Diego entrepreneur, bought the house on eBay for $150,000. He had been a massive fan of the movie since childhood and had even founded his own business based off of the film; the Red Rider Leg Company, which manufactures replicas of the "major award" Ralphie's father wins. The previous owners of the home had remodeled the house, installing new windows and covering the original wood siding with blue vinyl. Jones watched "A Christmas Story" frame by frame to draw detailed plans of the interior and spent $204,000 to gut the structure and reconfigure it into the floor plan we know and love. Today, the house sits as a near-replica of the set.

The "A Christmas Story" House Today

A Christmas Story House is open year-round, seven days a week excluding major holidays. When you visit, you'll be able to tour the home and have an incredibly interactive experience. Take photos next to the famous leg lamp or even under the sink, act out your favorite movie scenes, and more! You can even stay in the house overnight in the private third floor with up to five of your friends or family members. Or, for a more eclectic experience — you can stay next door at the Bumpus House, the fictional home to Ralphie's hillbilly neighbors and their 785 smelly hound dogs. The interior of the Bumpus House is decorated in a 1940's style with a slight redneck flair, while still providing all the modern amenities you could want. You can see the inside of the suites available here. A Christmas Story House Cleveland

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The neighborhood is also home to two more "A Christmas Story" inspired buildings — the museum and gift shop! At the museum, you can see behind the scenes photos, props, costumes and memorabilia. While you're there, be sure to check out the Higbee's Department Store holiday toys, Randy's snowsuit and zeppelin he receives for Christmas and even the family car! After spending a day immersed in the Ralphie's world, you'll definitely want to pick up a souvenir, which you can do at the A Christmas Story Gift Shop. There, you can purchase your own leg-lamp in any size you please as well as apparel, miniature figurines and more. If you can't make it to the gift shop in person, visit their website where you can purchase memorabilia from "A Christmas Story", "Christmas Vacation", "Home Alone" and many more classic holiday movies.

Local Holiday Festivities

The lovely neighborhood of Tremont has fully embraced the holiday attraction and is filled with festive events all season! A Christmas Story House

Walkabout Tremont: Light Up Your Holidays

When: December 14th, 5-10 p.m. Soak up some art this holiday season at Walkabout Tremont! Art galleries and retail shops will have extended hours, with special art installations displayed around town. Several bars and restaurants will host live music and special menus. Get a little holiday shopping done while supporting local artists and businesses! You can see a full itinerary and list of the featured art on display here.

Tremont Light Displays

Throughout the Christmas season, Tremont homes are adorned with beautiful lights and decorations. Make sure to visit this suburb after dark to take in the breathtaking displays! Also, make sure to drive by A Christmas Story House while you're at it — the festive lights and perfectly backlit leg-lamp in the window make for a stunning sight.

Holiday Spirits

The Rowley Inn

1104 Rowley Avenue The Rowley Inn A Christmas Story House

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This holiday season, The Rowley Inn, the restaurant right across the street from A Christmas Story House, will be serving up several "A Christmas Story" themed cocktails and dishes! Make sure to check out this special spot and see where the cast and crew of the movie hung out after filming.  

Miracle at the Spotted Owl Pop-Up

710 Jefferson Avenue The Spotted Owl

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Join the Spotted Owl during their special Christmas cocktail popup this season! They'll be hosting this special event until December 30th in their vintage 1850's bar space. The bar will be decorated head-to-toe in Christmas decor and they'll be serving up original Christmas cocktails every day!

I Triple-Dog-Dare You

…to have a fantastic Christmas! For other local holiday events, check out our Complete Guide to 28 Holiday Events in the Akron and Canton Area or Where to See Santa in Cleveland This Year.  
December
5

9 Holiday Arts + Craft Shows in Cincinnati Happening This Year

With the holidays fast approaching, it's easy to run into the nearest department store for last minute holiday shopping or to get free two-day shipping from Amazon Prime. But what if we told you there was a way you could spend the day at a fun event, eat great food, all while perusing art and handmade gifts from local artisans in one central location? This season, Cincinnati will play host to several fantastic holiday arts and craft shows where you can not only check off everyone on your shopping list — you can also support local artists! We've curated a list of the winter-themed arts and craft shows that we are the most excited for this year. Grab your bags and get ready to #ShopLocal!  

Kindervelt Krafts

Where: Findlay Market When: December 8, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Arts and Crafts Shows in Cincinnati Kick off your holiday shopping at the last Kindervelt Krafts markets of 2018. Vendors will be selling handcrafted Christmas decor alongside a great assortment of wonderful gifts. All proceeds from the event help support the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and improve the lives of ill children.  

Delhi Township Holiday Market

Where: Delhi Township Administration When: December 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Delhi Township Holiday Market is returning this year with even more local vendors and crafters offering a wide variety of homemade crafts, home goods, candles, soaps, baked goods and more! Admission is free, so all you need to do is bring your holiday shopping list.  

Market BLEU | Winter Quarter

Where: Contemporary Arts Center When: December 8, 6-10 p.m. Market Bleu is a quarterly event that features handcrafted products and fine arts — so you can find that perfect gift for your loved one! Come out and enjoy a drink while perusing local artisans showcasing and selling their work in the gorgeous Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati.  

Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart

Where: Urban Artifact When: December 8-9, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Holiday Arts and Crafts Cincinnati

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Over 90 vendors will be at the Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart this year. This unique market will showcase makers off all different types selling modern, minimalist home decor, jewelry, clothing, candles, woodwork, ceramics and more!  

The Maker's Mart

Where: The Phoenix When: December 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This eclectic shopping experience will feature handmade goods, art and artisanal food products made by independent crafters, artists, makers and artisans. Some of the 40+ vendors will feature Maker's Mark Whisky focused and inspired products for sale as well!  

Christmas in Mt. Healthy 2018

Where: Multiple Locations Around Mt. Healthy December 15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Why not celebrate the holidays and support local artists in Mt. Healthy this season? This city-wide event will offer fun for the whole family, with tons of choices for shopping, crafts, music, food and fun. Check out their interactive map so you can plan out your itinerary!  

City Flea Holiday Market

Where: Washington Park When: December 15, 4-9 p.m. Arts and Craft Shows in Ohio

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Since it's conception in 2011, The City Flea has hundreds of vendors to satisfy the needs of their Ohio and Kentucky shoppers. They also pride themselves on helping vendors grow from hobbies to full-time businesses. This season, they'll be featuring local makers from vintage dealers to artisan pizza makers — promising something for everyone!  

2018 Cincinnati Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show

Where: Oasis Golf Club & Conference Center When: December 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show is perfect for those looking for a one-stop-shop for all of their holiday gifts. Here, they'll be featuring vendors of all kinds and will even have a concession stand on site so you don't even have to leave for lunch! A portion of the profits will go to Happen Inc. that promotes bonding experiences between parents and kids through art.  

Art on Vine Holiday Gift Sale

Where: Rhinegeist When: December 16, 12-6 p.m. Arts and Craft Shows Ohio

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Art on Vine evolved from a college project created by James Jenkins and started as an eight vendor market settled on Vine Street. Now, the event features more than 70 vendors and fills Rhinegeist Brewery. For a unique, fun, one-on-one art buying experience, you won't want to miss this one!  

Happy Shopping!

December
4

Santa Sightings in the Columbus Area This Year

Santa Claus is coming to town! Visiting Father Christmas is one of our favorite holiday traditions and, luckily, he can be found all over the Columbus area this season. With his reindeer in tow, he will be hosting photo shoots, tree lightings, storytime sessions and so much more! We've rounded up the best places to see Santa this year, from the Columbus Zoo to a historical village, you'll be able to make family memories you won't soon forget!

 

It's Santa Photo Time

Where: The Mall at Tuttle Crossing When: November 9-December 24, Times Vary Santa sightings in columbus Santa will have his workshop set up at Tuttle Crossing Mall until Christmas Eve! As he prepares for his trip around the world, his hours might be more limited, so be sure to check his schedule before your planned visit. Caring Santa will also be paying a visit on December 2 for children that may have sensory, physical or other developmental needs. Reserve your appointment here!

Cabela's Wonderland

Where: Columbus Cabela's When: November 11-December 24, Times Vary The annual Santa's Wonderland at the Columbus Cabela's is a not-to-be-missed holiday event. Not only will you get a free photo with Santa, but you can take home a free craft, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and participate in fun family-friendly games and activities! See all the available activities here.

Santa at the Easton Town Center

Where: Easton Town Center When: November 16-December 24, Times Vary Come one come all to visit Santa at the Easton Town Center this holiday season! The first 5x7 photo is only$5 and candid photos with your phone are encouraged and free! This year you don't even have to wait in line — you can reserve your spot online!

Wild Lights

Where: The Columbus Zoo When: November 16-January 6, Sunday-Thursday 5-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m. Wild Lights Columbus

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Wild Lights at the Columbus Zoo continues for its 30th year! Find Santa settled in his Holiday Home located in North America at the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost. He can't wait to meet the children and hear what is on their holiday wish list! There will be professional photos available for an additional fee. Afterward, check out one of the other incredible features going on at Wild Lights including the 1914 Mangels/Illions Carousel, camel rides and so much more!

Visit with Santa at Worthington Place

Where: The Shops at Worthington Place When: November 23-December 24, Times Vary Until Christmas Eve you can also visit with Santa at Worthington Place! Santa's schedule varies, so make sure to check out his schedule before you go. If you can't wait until after Thanksgiving to celebrate Christmas, The Shops at Worthington Place will also be hosting a Sparkle Night where you can watch the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. and afterward visit with Santa, get your face painted and listen to live music!

Experience the Season

Where: All Oakland Nurseries Locations When: November 24-December 16, Saturdays and Sundays 12-3:30 p.m. Come out and experience the season at Oakland Nurseries. At the Columbus and Delaware locations, after visiting with the jolly man himself, check out the unique Santa Wonderland and experience lights, music and plush characters!

Swim with Santa

Where: Westerville Community Center When: November 25, 6-7:15 p.m. Get your photo with Santa as he swims in the pool with the lifeguard elves! This unique holiday experience will provide you with a fun and unusual holiday photo to display throughout the years! Registration is required.

Santa's Village at Partners Park

Where: Partner's Park When: November 26-December 20, Excluding December 1 and 8, Thursdays 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Experience a hometown holiday for the whole family! Santa's Village is set amidst festive lights and decorations with merry music filling the air. Children can visit with Santa for free before participating in other activities! They can also leave their letters to Santa in a special mailbox. There are a ton of other Santa-related events going on at Partners Park this year, including free ice-skating December 15 through January 1, 2019! Check out this schedule for more information.

Christmas in Downtown Delaware

Where: The Strand When: November 30-December 21, Times Vary Columbus Santa Bring the family together to experience Christmas in Downtown Delaware! The festivities start off with the Home for the Holidays Weekend. On Friday, watch the tree lighting before visiting with Santa and some of his reindeer. On Saturday there will be a Dash for Dasher Scavenger Hunt, where you and your family can scour downtown and follow Santa's clues to find Dasher. Then, finally, on Sunday come out and watch the Holiday Parade! Santa will also be available at The Strand from December 1-21 on Fridays and Saturdays to visit and take photos. There will also be free gifts for each child while supplies last!

Santa Visit at the Grandview Heights Library

Where: Grandview Heights Library When: December 8, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. For a more relaxed holiday celebration — visit Santa at the Grandview Heights Library! Take a photo with Santa and participate in fun holiday activities. Then, children will be able to make a craft and visit with Rosie the Comfort Dog from Atonement Lutheran Church. Tickets can be picked up from the Youth Services Desk.

Santa in the Caboose

Where: Hillard Historical Village When: December 9, 3-6 p.m. Columbus Santa

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Get your photo taken with Santa from the 1800's! This kid-friendly holiday event features a horse-drawn carriage ride, live music, refreshments, and beautiful lights. This historical take on Christmas will provide your family with endless fun and memories.  

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

If you are interested in other festive events going on in the area this season — check out our list of 21 Essential Columbus Holiday Events You Should Mark on Your Calendar.  
November
27

12 Christmas Tree Farms Near Akron and Canton, Mapped

Can anything beat the smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree during the holidays? Sure, it would be easier to pick one up at the grocery store or even buy a fake tree to reuse again and again — but nothing gets your family in the holiday spirit like visiting a local tree farm to get the real deal!   Christmas tree farmers have years of experience and their staff can help you pick out the perfect tree. We've rounded up the 12 best Christmas tree farms near Akron and Canton to help you plan your holiday outing and make this Christmas one you won't forget.      

Flower Tree Farm

1236 Hudson Road, Kent Flower Tree Farm

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Since 1980, a visit to the Flower Tree Farm in Kent has been a Christmas tradition for many families. They offer both pre-cut trees and cut-your-own sales so you can decide how you want to pick out your holiday centerpiece! They start selling trees the day after Thanksgiving through December 23.  

Rauh Christmas Tree Farm

3001 North River Road, Stow Rauh Christmas Tree Farm offers several different types of trees — everything from spruce to pine — so you can find your perfect tree. They have a huge variety to choose from and charge the same price regardless of size!  

Shawnee Trail Tree Farm

896 Terex Road, Hudson If you're looking for a tree over 25 feet tall — Shawnee Trail has you covered! They offer trees of all different sizes and in over seven different varieties. They also provide refreshments while you shop and observe their many farm animals, such as cows, chickens, sheep and an adorable donkey named Twix!  

Medina Christmas Tree Farm

3301 Hamilton Road, Medina Medina Christmas Farm

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This adorable farm is completely family (and dog) friendly! Enjoy some hot chocolate by the fire, grab lunch at their refreshment stand, visit their friendly farm animals, and pick out one of their handmade wreaths to take home! They've just opened a new lot of trees down the road so there are plenty of trees to choose from!  

Hinton Primitives & Christmas Tree Farm

982 Stump Road, Minerva Rustic decor lovers will adore this eclectic shop and tree farm combination. Kaye and Bill Hinton purchased a family member's farm 16 years ago and the rest is history! Kaye loves to craft and sells her creative works in the shop, such as primitive dolls, furniture and more, while Bill sells crops from the farm year round — including during the holidays! They have a huge selection of trees to choose from. While you're there don't forget to check in with farm cats named Louis and Mr. Hope!  

Doc Miller's Christmas Trees

12666 German Church Street, Alliance Doc Miller's prides themselves on being as eco-friendly as possible! They don't use pesticides, fungicides or colorants, and guarantee that your tree will never be sprayed with any kind of chemicals. Choose a fantastic tree and feel good about it this holiday season!  

Heritage Farms

6050 Riverview Road, Peninsula

Heritage Farms

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Open for 170 years now — Heritage Farms has plenty of experience in providing family-farm fun in Peninsula, Ohio! Visit them this holiday season to pick out your tree, and then make sure to stop by Michelle's Greenery Shop for roping, wreaths and swags! Warm up by the sandstone fireplace with some hot chocolate and cookies from their Coffee Corner.  

Ricciardi's Tree Farm

2136 Greenwich Road, Wadsworth Ricciardi's Tree Farm is not only a great place to get your Christmas tree this year — it's also a beautiful event venue for weddings, holiday parties and even family photos! Make sure to check out this picturesque location this season!  

Timber Valley Christmas Tree Farm

4250 Bagdad Road, Medina This family-owned and -operated Christmas tree farm offers cut-your-own trees of all shapes and sizes at reasonable prices! They promise to make it a memorable holiday experience for you and your family, and you'll want to come back again year after year.  

Skylar Brook Farm

12853 Bair Road, Orrville Skylar Brook Farm For a unique Christmas experience this year, visit Skylar Brook Farms. This farm offers an original combination of Christmas trees and alpacas! When you visit, make sure to check out their alpaca store where they sell luxury products such as gloves and hats made from alpaca fleece — perfect as stocking stuffers!  

Galehouse Tree Farm

11762 Coal Bank Road, Doylestown Pick up your Christmas tree AND the ornaments at Galehouse Tree Farm! Not only do they offer several different types of trees, but they also have a barn full of Christmas decor! The Tree House opens in April every year for those who just can't wait for Christmas and offer crafting classes all year round. They also share Christmas decor ideas on their website!  

Moore's Christmas Tree Farm

6767 Edison Street, Hartville Moore's Tree Farm is a family-owned, 100-acre farm that specializes in growing Christmas trees, daylilies and hostas. The farm has been passed on through the generations since 1945. They offer gorgeous trees and fun for the whole family. Plus, there's free hot chocolate!  

Have a tree-mendous holiday!

For more holiday cheer, check out our complete guide to 28 holiday events in the Akron and Canton area!    
November
8

A Complete Guide to 28 Holiday Events in the Akron and Canton Area

It's nearly here! The holiday season has snuck up on us once again and pretty soon strings of lights will be adorning the fronts of houses and your mailbox will be bulging with Christmas cards. This time of year, our calendars fill with family get-togethers, ugly Christmas sweater parties and white elephant gift exchanges. Take a breather from the craziness of the holidays and visit one of the many events happening this season in Akron and Canton! From watching the Nutcracker to swimming with Santa, there's something for everyone this time of year. We tracked down some of the most exciting events going on this season, so mark your calendars and make the holiday one to remember!

The 6th Annual Marketplace Holiday Gala

When: November 8-10, 11 a.m-9 p.m Where: The Marketplace at Gervasi Vineyard, Canton Holiday events Canton and Akron Ohio Gervasi Vineyard

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For the wine lover in your family, visit this year's Market Place Gala at Gervasi Vineyard! Enjoy tiny treats while you shop their new holiday lines, dine in the Crush House for a special holiday lunch, and get an expanded tour of the winery. They promise a memorable experience that appeals to all the senses!

37th Annual Holiday Tree Festival

When: November 17-25, Times Vary Where: The John S. Knight Center, Akron Make sure to mark your calendars for the 37th Annual Holiday Tree Festival in Akron, where you can see more than 200 trees, 85,000 strings of lights and other holiday creations! It's a truly beautiful sight and all proceeds benefit the Akron Children's Hospital.

Wild Lights at the Akron Zoo

When: Saturday and Sundays Starting November 23, 5-9 p.m. Where: The Akron Zoo Holiday events in Canton and Akron Ohio Wild Lights Akron Zoo

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The Akron Zoo will most definitely have the wildest light display this holiday season. Almost the entire zoo will be decorated and many animals will be on exhibit. While you're there, stop by Santa Land and tell Santa your holiday wishes, visit Holly Jolly Hillside which will feature lighted North American animals and trees synchronized to music, take a ride on the Wild Winter Express train ride, and stop by Mrs. C's Sweets for a s'more!

15th Annual Tree Lighting and the Welcome Santa Parade

When: November 23 at 7 p.m. and November 24 at 11 a.m. Where: Lock 3, Akron The night after Thanksgiving, be sure to head over to Lock 3 to watch the streets of downtown Akron light up with thousands of holiday lights and fireworks! There will also be live performances, ice skating and holiday treats.

Main Street Holiday Window Displays

When: November 23-January 1 Where: Main Street, Akron Take a stroll down Main Street between Bowery and State this holiday season and enjoy the largest seasonal vintage collection in Ohio. Department store's will showcase animated displays from the 1960's-80's in the windows of the O'neil's, Polsky and Landmark buildings.

Christmas at Beech Creek Gardens

When: November 24-December 23, Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays 12-5 p.m. Where: Beech Creek Gardens, Alliance Holiday events in Akron and Canton Ohio There's so much to see at this weekend holiday event! Have fun and learn something new at the Beech Creek Gardens. Enjoy Candyland and the Christmas Express, explore the Festival of Trees, visit with the Grinch, learn about animals in winter, complete workshops for adults and children, sip hot cocoa, and more!

The Nutcracker Presented by the Ballet Theatre of Ohio

When: November 24-December 2, Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Where: Akron Civic Theatre This wonderful holiday tradition lives on in Akron and is a "must-do" for you and your family. Roger Durbin of the West Side Leader wrote,"... the production levels in Artistic Director Christine Meneer's version — as well as her engaging choreography — capture the audience and transport it for a couple of hours into a magical, wonderful, escapist wonderland." Get your tickets here.

Christmas Candlelight Tea

When: November 30, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Where: Dragonfly Tea Room, Canal Fulton Make sure to start off the holiday season right. Sip an invigorating cup of tea in the Dragonfly Tea Room while snacking on holiday treats and listening to live music. Call ahead to make a reservation!

McKinley Presidential Library & Museum's Annual Holiday Party

When: November 30, 6-8 p.m. Where: McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton This annual party will definitely be a fun time for the entire family. There will be musical entertainment, crafts for kids, open-hearth cooking demonstrations, special planetarium and science shows and, of course, a visit from Santa! The museum will be beautifully decorated with over 30 trees and holiday scenes. Reservations are appreciated.

Christmas on the Canal

When December 1, 3-7 p.m. Where: Downtown Canal Fulton Holiday events in akron and canton ohio

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Historic Canal Fulton invites you to stroll the streets of the downtown area and celebrate this holiday season. The blocked off streets will allow space for wood and ice carvers, carolers, and wagon rides. Stop by and visit Santa and meet Mrs. Oberlin for tours of the Oberlin House and Olde Canal Days Museum. Shops will be open late to offer special discounts, refreshments and entertainment. When the sun goes down, the electric lights parade and tree lighting ceremony will commence!

Hands-On Holidays

When: December 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Akron's Children Museum For an event the whole family will enjoy, Hands-On Holidays at the Akron's Children's Museum is perfect! Meet fun holiday characters as you explore interactive exhibits with special make-and-take crafts. Paint your own snowman, design your own cookie, enjoy a live DJ and more — plus, adults AND kids can enter to win fun prizes. They will also be hosting a Winter Warmth Drive at the event and collecting gloves, hats, socks and scarves for kids and adults for Family Promise of Summit County.

Holiday Celebration at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center

When: December 2, 3-6 p.m. Where: Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center, University of Mount Union, Alliance Celebrate the holiday season in nature. The Huston Brumbaugh Nature Center's annual holiday celebration features crafting, s'mores and hot chocolate by the fire, live acoustic music, and a visit with Santa Claus in a 1800's-era cabin. This event is truly simple holiday fun for the whole family!

2018 Light Up Downtown

When: December 6, 6-8:30 p.m. Where: Central Plaza + Downtown Canton Holiday events in Akron and Canton Ohio Light up Downtown

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This spirited festival will feature 14 city blocks of attractions, ice skating, entertainment, refreshments, sleigh rides, singers and dancers, a visit from Santa, and incredible fireworks! The best part is, this event is free and fun for all ages.

Holiday Open House

When: December 7, 5-8 p.m. Where: Canton Women's Club, Canton Put a little history in your holiday festivities by visiting Canton Woman's Club on December 7 to see their 150-year-old Victorian home decorated for the holidays! Admission to the house is free and dinner will be available at an additional cost.

Carol of the King: Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular

When: December 7, 7:30 p.m. Where: Akron Civic Theatre Looking for a unique holiday experience this season? Make sure to check out this event featuring 20 of the world's most skilled Irish dancers and musicians. Carol of the Kings brings an exciting story of love that will transport the audience to a new time and place.

Home for the Holidays

When: December 7, 7:30 p.m. Where: Edwin J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, The University of Akron Join the Akron Symphony Orchestra as they ring in the holidays with an evening of traditional carols, inspiring songs and holiday cheer. There's also a rumor that a certain special visitor from the North Pole will be making an appearance so make sure to reserve your seat soon!

A Christmas Carol

When: December 7-23, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Where: The Players Guild Theatre, Canton Holiday events in Akron and Canton 2018

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See the story of Ebenezer Scrooge brought to life! This classic Christmas story will surely get you into the holiday spirit.

Home Sweet Home : A Gingerbread Tradition

When: December 8, 1-5 p.m. Where: Fieldcrest Estate, Canton Don't buy the prepackaged gingerbread houses this year, go visit Fieldcrest Estate and build one there! This event is perfect for families, friends, couples or crafty singles. Visitors get to choose their floor plans to build and decorate, so you can create an original masterpiece. Reservations are required.

Santa Fly-In 2018

When: December 9, 1 p.m. Where: Akron Canton Airport Holiday Events in Canton and Akron Ohio

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Santa left the reindeer behind this year and is arriving in Akron and Canton a little differently — by plane! Go watch him touch down and get a photo of your loved ones with Santa. In return, you are asked to bring a food donation for the Reserves/National Guard Family Services Food Pantry that services troops stationed at the Akron Canton Airport.

Holiday Pops 2018

When: December 9, 3 p.m. Where: Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, Canton Join the Canton Symphony Orchestra for their celebration of the holiday season! Sing along to some of your favorite carols and listen to beautiful renditions of holiday songs. Individual tickets are on sale now.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage

When: December 14, 7:30 p.m. Where: Akron Civic Theatre Don't miss out on this opportunity to see a Christmas classic live on stage. This is a fresh take on A Charlie Brown Christmas so you'll be experiencing the storyline in a completely new way. This Peanuts experience also includes an intermission — and after the show, audience members are invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing Christmas favorites!

It's a Wonderful Life

When: December 14, 8 p.m. Where: Avenue Arts Marketplace + Theatre, Canton The story of It's a Wonderful Life is a natural for a stage adaptation. Come watch the saga of George Bailey as he discovers how amazing his life really is, live on stage. Support your local theater and experience the true meaning of Christmas!

Christmas Music Celebration by Majestic Voice

When: December 15, 7:00 p.m. Where: Canton Palace Theatre Celebrating 10 years of making Christmas memories, bring the whole family to enjoy holiday carols, heartwarming new melodies, a rockin' band segment, and a singalong! Majestic Voice Chorus will be joined by dancers from "A Time to Dance" in North Canton, featuring ballet, a chorus line and Irish Step Dancing.

Lightwire Theater presents A Very Electric Christmas

When: December 15, 7:30 p.m. Where: Akron Civic Theatre After gaining recognition on America's Got Talent and TRU TV's Fake Off, Lightwire Theater has gone on to perform all over the world. By using a combination of puppetry, theater and dance with the music of holiday classics, Lightwire Theater promises an exhilarating holiday experience for the whole family.

Swim with Santa

When: December 16, 1-4 p.m. Where: Massillon Recreation Center Santa Claus is coming to town, but he needs a break. To relax, he decided to pay a visit to the Massillon Rec Center for a swim and some cookies. Bring your kids to join him! They'll be able to hang out with Santa while listening to some Christmas music and taking a dip themselves. You must have proper swim attire to participate in the event.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

When: December 18, 7:30 p.m. Where: E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, The University of Akron Over 300 incredible costumes, 20 world-class acts, amazing singers, and original music, as well as seasonal favorites come together in a two-hour breathtaking event. Boston Globe calls it "Entrancing… Las Vegas meets family entertainment". You don't want to miss this high-flying spectacle this season!

Wizards of Winter

When: December 22, 7 p.m. Where: Akron Civic Theatre This is a holiday rock event for the whole family, featuring former members of classic rock giants — Rainbow, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent Band and others — along with Broadway and Theater veterans. This diverse group will perform a holiday rock opera titled "Tales Beneath a Northern Star". Join them on their journey inside a snow globe in search of the true meaning of Christmas.

The Polar Express – The Movie

When: December 23, 2:30 p.m. Where: Akron Civic Theatre Experience this holiday classic on the big screen! Akron Civic Theatre will be playing The Polar Express in their gorgeous theater for free — all you need is a ticket which you can get from the Akron Civic Box Office. These tickets are almost gone, so get yours soon!

Have a Happy Holiday!

However you and your family decide to celebrate the holidays this year, remember to stay safe and have fun. From all of us at Cutler Real Estate, have a happy holiday season!
November
6

The 12 Coolest Places to Host Your Dinner Party in Columbus

Whether it's a holiday party, a birthday shindig, an office celebration or a family reunion, you need a place that is going to set your party apart from the rest (and keep you from doing the dishes). So, if you want to leave the decorating, cooking and cleaning to someone else this year, we suggest booking a space at one of Columbus' best restaurants or banquet halls. We rounded up a handful of our favorites to make the choice even easier. The venues are listed in order by max capacity, but keep in mind that many of the venues—even the largest—offer special rooms and areas with capacities suited for small gatherings.  

The Worthington Inn

649 High St, Worthington | Facebook | Capacity: 14–20 The Worthington Inn dinner party venues near Columbus Ohio

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The story of The Worthington Inn begins in 1831 when Rensselear W. Cowles the oldest portion of the Inn as a private residence for himself and his wife. Over the years, the land and its buildings have changed hands and accumulated legends of all kinds. Today, the restaurant serves lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch and opens their two private event spaces for intimate dining experiences in historic surroundings. We especially love The Wine Room which accommodates 14 guests and offers a marble-topped bar and seating area away from the dining table.  

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 24–60 The Refectory is a stand-out dining and entertainment destination that offers a wine cellar of more than 600 selections, an ever-changing food menu created by Chef Richard Blondin, and the Dinner Music Series, a private, intimate concert experience where guests are front and center. Private dining opportunities at the restaurant include two private rooms which can accommodate groups of 6 or sixty for banquets, private lunches, hors-d'oeuvre receptions and even personalized wine tastings.  

Local Roots

15 E Olentangy St, Powell | Facebook | Capacity: 32–70 Local Roots The Worthington Inn dinner party venues near Columbus Ohio

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Located just 20 minutes from the heart of Columbus, Local Roots is a locally-owned and operated restaurant driven by Ohio ingredients and produce from the family farm. If you haven't visited yet for lunch or dinner, we definitely recommend it. And once you do, you'll be set on hosting your next dinner party there. Their private banquet room shows off the country character of the whole restaurant and offers its own entrance, bar and restroom.  

Due Amici

67 E Gay St, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 60–80 Located in a renovated, historic building in Downtown Columbus, Due Amici has been serving some of the community's best modern Italian fare since it opened in 2003. That food menu features classic Italian dishes as well as modern and creative twists on lunch, brunch and dinner items. And Privato, the team's private dining room, is the perfect place to enjoy it while surrounded by simple, sleek decor that merges rustic and modern.  

The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek

1370 E Johnstown Rd, Gahanna | Facebook | Capacity: 10–100 The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek The Worthington Inn dinner party venues near Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

The Barn is just one of many Cameron Mitchell Restaurants in the Columbus area, and that alone should prove they can host a knock-out dinner party. But this venue stands out from the rest thanks to its location and its country charm. The food menu features hand-cut meats, the drink list includes America's top 100 whiskeys, and the specialized event spaces can accommodate 10 guests or 40. If you want the entire restaurant, it's available during morning and afternoon hours Monday through Saturday and can hold 100 guests. For private event information on all Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, click here.  

The Walrus

143 E Main St, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 100 This industrial haunt offers incredible burgers, clever bar bites, craft brews, a full bar and live music in an approachable and festive atmosphere. Private events can be hosted in the dining room and main bar or in the separate event space and game room which has its own entrance, dining area and restroom as well as flat-screen TVs, ping-pong tables, a pool table and dart boards.  

Graystone Wine Cellar

544 S Front St, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 56–104 Inspired by the German immigrants who established the city's thriving brewery industry in the 1800s, Graystone Wine Cellar is nestled in the hand-hewn limestone vaults of the 1875 Schlee Bavarian Brewery. Whether you choose the Windows Room or the Vineyard Room, you'll be surrounded by history and decor that includes rustic exposed brick and arched ceilings.  

Brick

520 S Front St, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 20–130 A popular choice for weddings and a unique option for events of all kinds, Brick is a great dinner or cocktail party option in the heart of the Brewery District. Their menu of American fare and handcrafted cocktails perfectly suits the historic, rustic character of the setting: a cozy restaurant nestled beneath one of the neighborhood's historic buildings. When you host your event here, you get to venture even further underground to The Cellar at Brick which dates back to the 1800s.  

The Kitchen

231 E Livingston Ave, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 40–150 The Kitchen The Worthington Inn dinner party venues near Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Autumn Theodore via The Kitchen

The Kitchen is Columbus' destination for collaborative, hands-on dining experiences, and their own event calendar is already filled with Taco Tuesday classes, Behind the Bar cocktail courses and more. Booking an event with The Kitchen means you get the opportunity to add a participatory dining experience to your party! Your guests will learn and build a meal together then sit down for a memorable dinner. And even if participatory dining isn't on your party itinerary, The Kitchen's event spaces offer everything you need for the perfect gathering.  

Strongwater

401 W Town St, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 50–160 Strongwater The Worthington Inn dinner party venues near Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Jessica Love Photography (@_jessicalovephotography) via Strongwater

Strongwater is a restaurant, bar and event space housed in an East Franklinton warehouse that has been standing for more than a century. And if you've visited the restaurant for some of the best eats and drinks in town, you probably haven't seen the event space because it's located in a separate part of the building with its own entrance. The venue consists of two rooms and an open courtyard on the former manufacturing floor and is characterized by stunning urban, industrial decor.  

Barcelona Restaurant & Bar  

263 E Whittier St, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 30–200 Inspired by seaside sangria and a walk on the Ramblas, Barcelona is a fusion of chic, modern techniques and old world European sensibilities showcased in both the atmosphere and the food. As a whole, the restaurant hosts a bar, a dining room and one of the best garden patios in the city. When you host your private party here, you can choose an informal cocktail party with tapas or a formal sit down dinner. Either way, you're guaranteed an unforgettable gathering.  

Copious

520 S High St, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 20–300 Whether you're stopping by Copious for a casual dinner, a hosted event or an evening of live music, you're making a fantastic choice. Booking a private here means you have the opportunity to combine all of that. On the second story, you'll find the McGowan Loft suitable for groups of up to 300, The Blenker Room can seat 20 for a private dinner, and the underground entertainment venue, Notes, can host 200.  

Where will you be celebrating?

Let us know where you host your dinner parties in Columbus—even if the venue isn't on our list!
October
16

12 Must-Try Pumpkin-Themed Recipes From Ohio Food Bloggers

Fall is well underway throughout Ohio — as the temperature has dropped, the leaves are changing, and pumpkins are dotting both porches and patches throughout the state. But pumpkins don't just make good backdrops for Instagram or canvases for spooky carved designs; they are an excellent ingredient for cooking! These delicious pumpkin-themed recipes from Ohio food bloggers are proof that everyone's favorite fall vegetable is not reserved for your Starbucks order alone. From sweet desserts to savory soups and other unexpected recipes (like pumpkin hummus!), these pumpkin-themed recipes are sure to please this fall.  

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl | Hummusapien

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl | Hummusapien

Photos Courtesy of Hummusapien

Experience fall in a bowl with this delicious pumpkin pie smoothie bowl from Alexis of Hummusapien. This healthy, thick and creamy smoothie bowl is made with bananas, pumpkin puree, almond milk, almond butter and more — and topped with dried cranberries, coconut, pecans, banana, and whatever else you're craving!  

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies | On Sutton Place

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies | On Sutton Place

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This delicious recipe puts a fall twist on the traditional snickerdoodle! These sweet pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies from Ann of On Sutton Place are super easy to make — especially since you can make them ahead of time and freeze them until you're ready to stick them in the oven.  

Easy Pumpkin Risotto with Italian Sausage | Lemons for Lulu

Easy Pumpkin Risotto with Italian Sausage | Lemons for Lulu

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Don't be fooled into thinking pumpkin is just for sweet treats! This pumpkin risotto is a savory example of the many ways pumpkin can be incorporated into your meals this fall. It is made with chicken broth, onions, arborio rice, canned pumpkin, parmesan cheese, sage, Italian sausage and more.  

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal | Whole Living Lauren

Incorporate pumpkin into your very first meal of the day with this incredible pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe from Lauren of Whole Living Lauren. It has all the quintessential fall ingredients, including pumpkin, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and maple syrup!  

Vegan + Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Waffles | Mom Needs Chocolate

Vegan + Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Waffles | Mom Needs Chocolate

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Speaking of pumpkin in your breakfast, these pumpkin spice waffles from Carissa of Mom Needs Chocolate are hearty and tasty. Plus, they are even vegan and gluten-free! And if you're not vegan, you can smother them in butter, local raw honey or pure maple syrup to increase the sweetness.  

Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus | Are You Kitchen Me?!

Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus | Are You Kitchen Me?!

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Natalie of Are You Kitchen Me?! created this unique (and downright beautiful!) appetizer perfect for your fall party. This chipotle pumpkin hummus is savory, creamy and quite the crowd pleaser. It's made with chickpeas, pumpkin puree, chipotle pepper in Adobo sauce, smoked paprika, cinnamon, and more delicious ingredients.  

Pumpkin Spiced Cashew Cream Toast | Hummusapien

Pumpkin Spiced Cashew Cream Toast | Hummusapien

Photos Courtesy of Hummusapien

Alexis of Hummusapien is undeniably obsessed with cashew cream and we can see why! She makes a special pumpkin spiced cashew cream to smear on top of toast — a simple yet delicious breakfast to accompany your coffee (or your pumpkin spice latte!). The toast is even topped with pecans to increase the fall vibes.  

Pumpkin and Black Bean Chili | Lemons for Lulu

Pumpkin and Black Bean Chili | Lemons for Lulu

Photos Courtesy of Lemons for Lulu

Cozy up with this tantalizing black bean chili — a simple, savory chili filled with black beans, Italian sausage, spices, and of course, pumpkin. This filling chili is the perfect hearty addition to your fall soup lineup.  

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Dip | Designed Decor

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Dip | Designed Decor

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If you're assigned to bring the dessert to your next fall party or Thanksgiving meal, this simple cream cheese pumpkin dip is a great option! Pair the creamy and sweet dip with graham crackers, gingersnap cookies, or pretzels for an easy (but addicting!) dessert.  

Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Soup | Whole Living Lauren

This soup hits all the important check points when looking for a fall meal — creamy, healthy, easy and filled with pumpkin! Made with canned pumpkin and filled with a hint of both sweet and spicy flavors, this soup is both simple and simply delicious. Top with pepitas for a little crunch — and an Instagram-ready look!  

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes | Saving 4 Six

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes | Saving 4 Six

Photo Courtesy of Saving 4 Six 

Made in mini muffin pans, these baked pumpkin spice donut holes from Carrie of Saving 4 Six are tiny and delectable morsels of goodness. She prepared them in two styles — rolled in cinnamon and sugar and drizzled with a delicious glaze.  

Pumpkin Bread Pudding | Are You Kitchen Me?!

Pumpkin Bread Pudding | Are You Kitchen Me?!

Photos Courtesy of Are You Kitchen Me?!

This pumpkin bread pudding from Natalie of Are You Kitchen Me?! is about as "fall" as it gets! Although she typically cooks with pumpkin puree, she opted for a fresh pumpkin for this pudding — and the result is an ooey, gooey, comforting bread pudding packed with fall spices and studded with fresh cubes of pumpkin throughout.  

Bon Appétit!

Which pumpkin-themed recipes are you dying to try? And what Ohio food bloggers should we be following for more recipe inspiration? Let us know in the comments below!
October
10

16 Essential Halloween Events in the Columbus Area 2018

Halloween season is upon us! Maximize the spookiness of this holiday at one of the many events happening in the Columbus area — from kid-friendly trick-or-treating adventures to libation-filled costumed galas. Mark your calendars for the many Halloween events in Columbus on the horizon, whether you prefer a festive fall celebration or a thrilling haunted experience. These events are sure to take your Halloween to the next level!  

German Village Monster Bash

October 13 | 7–11:30 p.m. Location: Historic German Village, Columbus This annual event at the Historic German Village offers endless Halloween fun for kids-at-heart. The festivities start with an adult trick-or-treating route at 7 p.m., followed by dancing and drinks at the Meeting Haus at 9:30 p.m. There will be a photobooth, dancing and a costume contest, so come dressed in your Halloween finest! You can even watch the Ohio State game on a big screen, grab a s'more and try a delicious concoction from Middle West Spirits. Plus, the party continues at The Daily Growler, which will stay open later than usual for a post-party drink! General admission tickets are $75.  

All Hallows' Eve at Ohio Village

October 13 + 20 | 5:30–9:30 p.m. Location: Ohio Village, Columbus Enjoy an evening of 1890s-style fun at the historic Ohio Village. All Hallows' Eve will feature a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving and strange characters roaming the village. Revel in old-fashioned entertainment for all ages, including fortune telling, crafts, games and more! General admission tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for youth (ages 4–12), and free for children 3 and under. Member tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for youth (ages 4–12), and free for children 3 and under.  

Boo 'N Brew at Polaris Fashion Place

October 13, 20 + 27 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Location: Polaris Fashion Place, Columbus Columbus Halloween Events Each Saturday in October, Polaris Fashion Place is hosting a special Boo 'n Brew celebration, featuring treats and activities for little ones. Costumed kids are invited to stroll up and down the lifestyle center collecting goodies from merchants and participating in fun activities, including crafts, a costume parade, entertainers, and various treats. Plus, adults can enjoy the beer garden and live music!  

Halloween Family Fun Night at Three Creeks Metro Park

October 19 | 6–7:30 p.m. Location: Three Creeks Metro Park, Columbus Listen to not-too-scary stories and enjoy s'mores by the campfire at the Halloween Family Fun Night at Three Creeks Metro Park. Kids of all ages are encouraged to wear costumes and go "trunk-or-treating" for candy. Meet at the Confluence Trails bulletin board to start the festivities at the park!  

Haunted Ohio Statehouse Tours

October 19–20 + 26–27 | 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 + 9 p.m. Location: Ohio Statehouse, Columbus Haunted Ohio Statehouse Tours

Photo Courtesy of the Ohio Statehouse

See the iconic Ohio Statehouse from a different perspective this Halloween season as you embark on a haunted tour of the building — if you dare! Combine history and legend in this special family-friendly haunted tour, which travels through dimly lit limestone corridors by lantern. This spooky tour features recently found evidence of paranormal activity and is most appropriate for children ages 9 and up. Purchase your tickets for this unique historic tour with a Halloween twist!  

Boo at the Zoo

October 19–21 + 26–28 | Fridays 5–9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.–9 p.m. + Sundays 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus This "merry-not-scary" Halloween event is a must for little ones of all ages! Go on a trick-or-treating adventure at the Columbus Zoo on the weekends leading up to Halloween, stopping by various treat stations scattered throughout the zoo. Make sure you catch the animals smashing pumpkins, which is a favorite amongst guests each year! Admission to Boo at the Zoo is included with your membership or paid admission to the zoo.  

Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival

October 21 | 12–3 p.m. Location: Easton Town Center, Columbus Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival Easton Town Center Columbus, OH

Photo Courtesy of Brady Designs Ltd. via Easton Town Center

Make sure your fur baby isn't left out of the Halloween fun! Dress your dog in their best costume and head to Easton Town Center for a special Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival. Costumes will be judged and awards are given based on a number of categories, including Best Group, Best Duo, Cutest, Funniest, Most Creative and Scariest. Free registration begins at noon and the parade kicks off at 2 p.m.!  

Haunted Wine Cellar | Food and Wine Pairing & Costume Contest

Location: October 26 | 7:30–10 p.m. Location: Wyandotte Winery, Columbus Embark on a trip of terror through the haunted wine cellar at Wyandotte Winery. Come dressed in costume (prizes will be awarded for the best costumes!) and enjoy endless entertainment, including a terrorizing tour through six haunted food and wine pairing stations. Tickets are $35 and admission includes all six pairings, access to the bonfire and snacks on the patio. Advance registration is required! Tours are staggered every 15 minutes between 7:30 and 9:15 p.m.  

OSU HalleBOOia!

October 26 | 8 p.m. Location: OSU's Weigel Hall, Columbus OSU School of Music HalleBOOia!

Photo Courtesy of the OSU School of Music

The OSU School of Music presents their 25th annual Halloween concert, featuring student vocalists and instrumentalists decked out in Halloween attire. This popular community tradition includes a mix of movie and TV themes, contemporary pop, folk music, spoofs on classical motifs, choral and chamber arrangements, and much more. HalleBOOia! is free and open to the public; no ticket is required for admission.  

Howl-O-Ween

October 26 | 4–7 p.m. Location: Ohio Wildlife Center, Powell Take a walk on the wild side at the Ohio Wildlife Center in Powell as you walk through the White Tail Trail and visit with "spooky" animal ambassadors like owls Bella, Alex and Woodsy, snakes Checkers, Percy and Lenore, and American Crows. Admission to Howl-O-Ween is $5 per person (and free for children under 5) or free with a donation from the Ohio Wildlife Center's wish list!  

HighBall Halloween

October 26–27 | Friday: 6 p.m.–1 a.m. +  Saturday: 4 p.m.–1 a.m. Location: Short North, Columbus Columbus HighBall Halloween

Photo Courtesy of John Crider via HighBall Halloween

Head to the vibrant Short North Arts District for a Halloween party unlike any other! HighBall Halloween is considered one of the nation's most elaborate costume parties, bridging runway style with the culture of this lively area. This festive weekend attracts over 40,000 costumed participants in a celebration of costumes and creativity. Tickets for HighBall Halloween start at just $7! The party is taking place along High Street between Goodale Street and Nationwide Boulevard.  

Creepside Festival

October 27 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Location: Creekside Park & Plaza, Gahanna Don't miss the annual Creepside Festival the Saturday before Halloween! This event is free and appropriate for all ages with a number of kid-friendly activities, including live music, games, a haunted trail, escape rooms, character interactions, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating with local organizations, and more. Head to Creekside Park & Plaza in Gahanna for this exciting community event!  

A Haunted Night in the Gardens

October 27 | 5–7:30 p.m. Location: Hoover Gardens, Westerville A Haunted Night in the Gardens Hoover Gardens

Photo Courtesy of Hoover Gardens & Gift Center

Hoover Gardens is hosting a fun Halloween celebration for all ages. Walk through a haunted maze, play games and win prizes, enter the costume contest, get your face painted, paint a pumpkin, eat popcorn and sip on hot apple cider. This event is completely free but pumpkin painting costs $2 per pumpkin.  

Trick or Treat at the Conservatory

October 27–28 | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Location: Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Columbus Celebrate Halloween in a gorgeous setting at the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Bring your own reusable bag, dress up in costume, and make stops at the various trick-or-treat stations positioned throughout the conservatory biomes and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden. Dress for the weather as there is a mix of indoor and outdoor stations. New this year — you now have two days to make your stop at the gardens for trick-or-treating!  

Halloween Family Fun Day

October 28 | 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Location: North Market, Columbus Halloween Family Fun Day North Market

Photo Courtesy of the North Market

Little ghosts and goblins are invited to North Market for a full day of Halloween fun, including craft activities, Columbus Children's Theatre activities, trick-or-treating with merchants, and much more. This annual event is completely free to attend!  

Boo Off Broadway & Beggars' Night

October 31 | 6–8 p.m. Location: Town Center Promenade, Grove City Each Halloween night, Grove City's Town Center Promenade is transformed into a destination for spooky fun. This family-friendly event provides an alternative to the traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating (which is also offered in the community), allowing children to collect candy and other goodies from area businesses and civic organizations.  

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy this spooky holiday to the fullest. How are you celebrating? Let us know in the comments below!
October
2

17 Kid-Friendly Halloween Events in the Cleveland Area 2018

October has officially begun! Believe it or not, that means Halloween is creeping up around the corner. There are plenty of ways to celebrate this spooky holiday throughout the Cleveland area. We've gathered a collection of kid-friendly Halloween events to ensure all ages are involved in the festivities this year! From trick-or-treating at the zoo to costumed pet parades and 5Ks to train rides, don't miss these kid-friendly Halloween happenings throughout the Cleveland area this October.  

Goblins in the Garden at Holden Arboretum

October 6 | 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Location: Holden Arboretum, Kirtland Get the Halloween festivities started early at the Holden Arboretum! This annual family-friendly, not-too-scary celebration offers endless daytime trick-or-treating for costumed little ones in a festive garden setting. Plus, decorate a scarecrow for the annual Scarecrow Row competition to win prizes! Admission to Goblins in the Garden is $15 per car for members and $25 per car for non-members.  

Boo at the Zoo at the Cleveland Zoo

October 12–14, 19–21 + 26–28 | 5–9 p.m. Location: Cleveland Zoo, Cleveland Boo at the Zoo at the Cleveland Zoo

Photo Courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks/Kyle Lanzer

Boo at the Zoo is considered Cleveland's sweetest Halloween tradition. And you have three weekends to enjoy the festivities at the zoo, including treat stations, unlimited 4-D Theater movies, carousel and train rides, a hay maze, a Monster Mash dance party, and much more. Tickets are $10 for members and $11 for non-members in advance, or $14 for both members and non-members at the door.  

Halloween Fair at Lorain County Metro Parks

October 12–13, 19–20 + 26–27 | 4:30–10 p.m. (Trail Closed from 6:30–7 p.m.) Location: Carlisle Reservation, LaGrange Head to the Carlisle Reservation in LaGrange on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout October for a non-spooky and/or spooky Halloween experience (depending on your preference). The Halloween Fair includes a non-spooky family-friendly trail from 4:30–6:30 p.m. and a haunted trail from 7–10 p.m. Plus, enjoy the Little Green Choo and tractor-drawn wagon rides, midway games, music, and endless entertainment. Admission is $2 per person and free for children 3 and under.  

Family-Friendly Monster Mash Halloween Bash

October 13 | 6:30–8:30 p.m. Location: Downtown Pavilion, Cuyahoga Falls Family-Friendly Monster Mash Halloween Bash Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Photo Courtesy of City of Cuyahoga Falls

Put on your finest costume and head to the Downtown Pavilion in Cuyahoga Falls for the Monster Mash, a family-friendly event with a light dinner, a DJ and dancing, photo opportunities, and a Halloween treat bag for kids. Tickets for the Monster Mash are $12 for residents and $14 for non-residents.  

Boo at the Zoo at the Akron Zoo

October 13–14, 20–21 + 27–28 | 11:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Location: Akron Zoo, Akron Take a walk on the wild side at the Akron Zoo. Dress your little goblins and ghosts, grab your own treat bag or bucket, and go trick-or-treating at 12 themed treat stations spread out throughout the zoo. Boo at the Zoo is happening on Saturdays and Sundays from October 13–28! Get more information about ticket pricing.  

Hauntaquarium at The Greater Cleveland Aquarium

October 19–20 + 26–27 | 6–9 p.m. Location: Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Cleveland Hauntiquarium at The Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Photo Courtesy of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Hunt for treasure at this unique pirate-themed Halloween party at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium! Activities include a magic show, face painting, animal encounters, games, a DJ-ed dance party, a trick-or-treat trail, crafts, pumpkin animal enrichment, costumed scuba divers, and various special appearances. Tickets are $12 for non-passholders (both adults and children) or $10 for passholders (both adults and children). Children under 2 years are free.  

11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade

October 20 | 12:30–3:30 p.m. Location: Kauffman Park, Lakewood We can't leave our four-legged family members out of the Halloween fun! LakewoodAlive invites all dogs (and their owners) to the 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade at Kauffman Park in downtown Lakewood. The festival starts at 12:30 p.m. and the parade kicks off at 2 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony announcing winners for a number of categories, including Best Dog and Child, Best Dog and Adult, Best Dog and Group, Spookiest Pooch, and Best in Show. Register your dog to participate in the parade for $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event!  

Boo-tanical Bash

October 20–21 | Saturday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. + Sunday: 12–5 p.m. Location: Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Cleveland Boo-tanical Bash

Photo Courtesy of the Holden Forests & Gardens

Boo-tanical Bash offers a weekend of endless family-friendly fun amidst a beautiful setting at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. The bash runs from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Saturday and 12–5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members; advance registration is required!  

The Pumpkin Party on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

October 20–21 | 1:30–3:30 p.m. Location: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Rockside Station, Independence All aboard for The Pumpkin Party! Head to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Rockside Station for an afternoon of pumpkin decorating as the train travels throughout Cuyahoga Valley National Park. You'll be equipped with a pumpkin, craft supplies and crafty assistants ready to help, plus beverages and other snacks available for purchase. All you need to do is come dressed in your finest costume and purchase tickets in advance!  

I-X Center Trick-or-Treat Street

October 20–21 + 27–28 | 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Location: International Exposition (I-X) Center, Cleveland I-X Center Trick-or-Treat Street

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey L. Klaum via the International Exposition Center

Don't miss this exciting Halloween tradition at the International Exposition (I-X) Center! Trick-or-Treat Street features creatively themed and not-so-spooky Halloween houses dishing out candy, plus pony rides, kiddie rides and live entertainment. Get your tickets for $13 in advance or $14 the day of!  

Halloween Party at the "Boo-seum"

October 26 | 6–8:30 p.m. Location: McKinley Museum, Canton The 21st Annual Boo'seum at the McKinley Museum provides an evening of endless fun for all ages! Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the museum, $1 hayrides (weather permitting), science shows, planetarium shorts, a scavenger hunt, hot dogs and other snacks available for purchase, and much more. Tickets are $5 per person (membership benefits do not apply).  

Owls & Howls at the Cleveland Museum of History

October 27 | 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Location: Cleveland Museum of History, Cleveland Get up close and personal with wildlife at the Cleveland Museum of History. Learn about the serious business of animal enrichment and see animal ambassadors at work and play. Plus, enjoy games, crafts, pumpkin decorating and special animal demonstrations — all in a not-so-spooky setting. Animal demonstrations will take place every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden. Admission is free for members and free with general admission for non-members.  

5th Annual Hermes Dead Sprint 5K Through Kamm's Corners

October 27 | 7:30 a.m. Location: West Park Station, Cleveland Get moving at this exciting race throughout Kamm's Corners, featuring both a chip-timed 5K and a non-timed Little Monster Candy Dash. Before the 5K, kids 8 and under will line up and make a mad dash for Halloween candy along a short route. The 5K is followed by a post-race party, featuring brunch and drink specials, a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar, a costume contest, and much more. Registration is $30 in advance and $35 the day-of for the 5K, and $10 for the Little Monster Candy Dash.  

17th Annual Halloween Run for Justice

October 27 | 9 a.m. Location: Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland 17th Annual Halloween Run for Justice Participate in the 17th Annual Halloween Run for Justice, which benefits the Ohio Lawyers Giving Back community outreach programs, including the 3Rs, which helps students in the Cleveland and East Cleveland City Schools. Races include a non-timed 1-mile walk/fun run, a 5K walk or run, and a 5-mile run! Registration is $25 before October 15 and $30 after October 15.  

Tricks & Treats – Crocker Park's Halloween Celebration

October 27 | 12–4 p.m. Location: Crocker Park, Westlake Sylvan Learning presents this special Howl-O-Ween celebration for kids and pups alike. The day kicks off at 12 p.m. with a vendor village and food trucks, along with a pet costume contest. Kids can go trick-or-treating starting at 1 p.m. and live entertainment begins at 1:30 p.m. Admission to this event is completely free and entry to the pet costume contest is $5 (all proceeds go to the Cleveland Animal Protective League).  

Trunk-or-Treat at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church

October 28 | 3–4 p.m. Location: Good Shepherd Church, Cleveland Good Shepherd United Methodist Church offers a fun alternative to trick-or-treating with Trunk-or-Treat, where community members decorate their vehicles and pass out candy to children 12 and under. This event is completely free to attend!  

Cuyahoga Falls City Hall Trick-or-Treat

October 31 | 3–4:30 p.m. Location: Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Building, Cuyahoga Falls Cleveland Halloween Events Don't miss the first annual Cuyahoga Falls City Hall Trick-or-Treat tucked inside the city's Municipal Building. Different departments will be participating in this free and festive community event!  

Happy Halloween!

What events are on your calendar this Halloween season? Let us know in the comments below.
March
23

7 Easter Events Worth Attending in the Cleveland Area

Spring has finally sprung — and while we are digging the pastels out of the back of our closet, we're also looking forward to a visit from the Easter bunny. This beloved holiday is just around the corner on April 16, so it's time to start planning your celebration.

Be it brunch with the whole family, photos with everyone's favorite bunny, or a Helicopter easter egg hunt, there are plenty of festive events to choose from in the Cleveland area. Check out our list to get some inspiration, and have an eggcelent Easter!

Easter Bunny Express Train Rides

April 1-2, 8-9 & 14 from noon–5 pm

Easter Bunny Express Train Rides | Cleveland Easter Events

Photo courtesy of Ohio Station Outlets

In the weekends leading up to Easter, take your kids on a festive springtime adventure to Candyland on the Easter Bunny Express. Meet the Mad Hatter and Mother Goose, who will guide you on the trip, and take photos with the bunny of the hour. A portion of the sales will benefit the Akron Children's Hospital.

Easter Roller Skating Party

April 12 from 6:30-8:30

Mentor Skateland will host a celebratory skating party for fun-lovers of all ages on Wednesday, April 12. Come for raffles, games, prizes and plenty of roller skating. Admission is only $5, and proceeds will help the skaters of the Mentor Skateland Artistic Club attend regional and national competitions.

Eggsperiment at Great Lakes Science Center

April 14-15 from11 am–4 pm

Great Lakes Science Center | Cleveland Easter Events

Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Science Center

There's so much more to do with eggs than just hunt for them — explore the amazing structure of the egg at this eggstraordinary event by the Great Lakes Science Center. Design a contraption for the Humpty Dumpty plunge, test your balance in the egg race obstacle course, navigate an egg-shaped robot through an obstacle course, and more. Events are great for children and adults alike, so bring the family for an out-of-the-box Easter celebration!

Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast

April 15, 9-11:30 am

Rumor has it that the Easter bunny himself will be attending this event. Attendees will have the chance to meet him at breakfast while fueling up on pancakes provided by Pilgrim Christian Church, and then kids ages eight and under can hit the square for a free egg hunt. Just be sure to bring your own basket!

Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Bunny and Friends

April 15 from 9 am – 12:30 pm

Photo courtesy of Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

Visit the Manor House at the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens for this swanky Easter event. Come before the hunt and fuel up with a seated hot breakfast, and then hop on the Easter Eggspress for a tour around the estate. The hunt is divided by age groups to ensure a safe, fun time for all.

Easter Buffet at the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake

April 16 from 10:30 am–2:30 pm

With its stunning views of Lake Erie and delicious fare, the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake is one of the most desirable locations for a meal. Come celebrate the Easter holiday with a buffet that will feature fan favorites from the restaurant as well as a few festive specials, including jerk crusted pork loin with mango chutney and seared salmon with quinoa pilaf. The Easter Bunny will be partaking in the buffet, but also hiding eggs for the little ones at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm.

Helicopter Easter Adventure at the Farm at Walnut Creek

April 22 from 8:30 am–6 pm

Helicopter Egg Hunt at the Farm at Walnut Creek | Easter Events in Cleveland

 Photo courtesy of the Farm at Walnut Creek

While the Farm at Walnut Creek is a bit of a trek (1 hour and 45 minutes outside of Cleveland), it might be worth daytripping for this event. Adding a twist on your typical Easter egg hunts, a helicopter will fly overhead, dropping hundreds of colorful eggs that can be redeemed for prizes. Eggs will be dropped at multiple times throughout the day, and while you're not out hunting, you can enjoy activities including a giant corn box, a scavenger hunt, piñatas and a coloring contest. Plus, get photos of the little ones cuddling adorable bunnies, and peruse the family of more than 500 animals that live on the farm.

Hoppy Easter Everybunny!

March
15

Luck of the Irish and Other Ways to Bring Good Luck for Home Sellers!

Good Luck for Home Sellers Want to boost the chances of your house selling quickly? Most Realtors will tell you the best way to do so is price your home appropriately. But it can be fun to go the extra mile and try to boost your luck with superstitions that have been passed down over the years. St. Joseph Statue The St. Joe's statue ranks as one of the most pervasive real estate good luck charms. Legend has it that burying a small statue of the patron saint of carpenters upside down in the lawn or garden of the home—while also saying a daily prayer— will help sellers move their home quickly and at a good price. The tactic is popular among Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Citrine Stones Other sellers turn to crystals for help with selling. Also known as "The Merchant's Stone," citrine is a golden-hued crystal rumored to attract good fortune to the people around it. Try placing a few citrine stones in a decorative bowl. Feng Shui Increase your home's positivity using traditional feng shui techniques. Energy enters through the front door, so start by perking up the front entrance with new paint, a new welcome mat and a few plants. Make sure the main foyer is as open and spacious as possible, as well—buyers will often make a decision the moment they step inside the house. Numerology Legend has it that luck in real estate comes from the last non-zero digit of the sale price. And according to Chinese numerology, the number 8 is considered to be lucky (while the number 4 is unlucky!). Therefore, consider listing your home for a price of, say, $178,000 or $308,000—and stay away from anything involving a 4! Smudging Some sellers swear by clearing out any negative energy that may be preventing buyers from falling in love with your home. To do so, purchase a smudging stick made of dried sage, found online or at spiritual shops. To complete the smudging ceremony, open a window to allow the negative energy to exit, then light the sage on fire, blow out the flames, and carry the smoking sage into each room in the house. Of course, we recommend a marketing strategy and plan organized by a Cutler Realtor, but a little luck is always welcome. :)

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